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The State of State World History Standards 2006

The State of State World History Standards 2006

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This first-ever thorough report reviews academic standards in world history in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine whether we are setting the solid, challenging expectations for our schools and children that will equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge it will need. The report, written by renowned historian Walter Russell Mead, finds that only twelve states earned honors grades of A or B on this appraisal, while 33 received Ds or Fs. This poor result is especially frustrating in light of a recent National Geographic study which shows students demonstrate little interest in learning about the world, though a small but growing number are taking state and national exams in the subject. California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia developed exceptional standards, worthy of emulation, but most states stumbled. This report provides state rankings, scores, grades, and national averages. [Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Martin A. Davis, Jr.]
This first-ever thorough report reviews academic standards in world history in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine whether we are setting the solid, challenging expectations for our schools and children that will equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge it will need. The report, written by renowned historian Walter Russell Mead, finds that only twelve states earned honors grades of A or B on this appraisal, while 33 received Ds or Fs. This poor result is especially frustrating in light of a recent National Geographic study which shows students demonstrate little interest in learning about the world, though a small but growing number are taking state and national exams in the subject. California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia developed exceptional standards, worthy of emulation, but most states stumbled. This report provides state rankings, scores, grades, and national averages. [Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Martin A. Davis, Jr.]

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by Walter Russell Mead
FOREWORD BY
Chester E. Finn, Jr.Martin A. Davis, Jr.
J U N E 2 0 0 6
The Stateof StateWORLD HISTORYStandards
2006
1701 K Street, NWSuite 1000Washington, D.C., 20006202-223-5452202-223-9226 Faxwww.edexcellence.net
 
 
The Thomas B.Fordham Institute is a nonprofit organization that conducts research,issues publications,and directsaction projects in elementary/secondary education reform at the national level and in Ohio,with special emphasison our hometown ofDayton.It is affiliated with the Thomas B.Fordham Foundation.Further information can be found at www.edexcellence.net/institute or by writing to the Institute at:1701 K Street,NWSuite 1000Washington,D.C.20006This report is available in full on the Institute’s web site;additional copies can be ordered at www.edexcellence.net/institute/publication/order.cfm or by calling 410-634-2400.The Institute is neither connectedwith nor sponsored by Fordham University.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Foreword.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14How to Teach World History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
What Should be Taught. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Criteria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18What We Found. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27Recommendations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Reviews ofWorld History Exams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
AP World History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31The New York Regents Exam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32SAT II Subject Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Reviews ofState World History Standards
Alabama. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Alaska. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Arizona. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Arkansas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37California. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38Colorado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39Connecticut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40Delaware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41District ofColumbia. . . . . . . . . 41Florida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Georgia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43Idaho. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44Illinois. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45Indiana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45Iowa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Kansas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Kentucky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47Louisiana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Maine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Maryland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Massachusetts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50Michigan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51Minnesota. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Mississippi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Missouri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Montana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Nebraska. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56New Hampshire. . . . . . . . . . . . . 57New Jersey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58New Mexico. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59New York. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60North Carolina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61North Dakota. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62Ohio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63Oklahoma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64Oregon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64Pennsylvania. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65Rhode Island. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66South Carolina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66South Dakota. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67Tennessee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68Texas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69Utah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70Vermont. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70Virginia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71Washington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73West Virginia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74Wyoming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

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