Social Studies

This webpage is intended to provide visitors with information and resources to support the Florida Social Studies Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and the Florida Department of Education’s Social Studies Education Program.

Social Studies Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (PDF) - This document is intended to assist readers in locating information related to the State of Florida’s Social Studies Education Program.

Featured Information

August 2017

Additions to the Instructional Resources page.

  • Featured middle grades Civics and high school United States History standards and benchmarks.
  • Florida History Day webinar recording

Standards information and course descriptions can be found on  

Civics and United States History Test Item Specifications can be found under “What's on the Assessments” on the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments page. provides student tutorials and resources aligned to the middle grades Civics and high school United States History standards and benchmarks.

The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship provides K-5 Civics in a Snap lessons and resources to support the teaching and learning of K- 5 Civics.

The Florida Council for the Social Studies annual conference will be held October 20 to October 22, 2017.

Initiatives and Programs


  • Florida State Statute 1003.4156 - General requirements for middle grades promotion
  • Florida State Statute 1003.42 - Required instruction
  • Florida State Statute 1003.421 - Recitation of the Declaration of Independence
  • Florida State Statute 1003.4282 - Requirements for a standard high school diploma
  • Florida State Statute 1003.44 - Patriotic programs; rules
  • Florida State Statute 1003.45 - Permitting study of the Bible and religion; permitting brief meditation period
  • Florida State Statute 1008.22 - Student assessment program for public schools

Department of Education Resources

Professional Organizations

Contact Information

Michael DiPierro
Social Studies Education Specialist
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 424
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9773