Common Core is not as concerned with whether or not certain subjects are tested as we are with ensuring that all subjects are taught. However, when states drop social studies from their testing regimen, it sends the message that learning about history, geography, and culture is unimportant.
Last month we wrote about Virginia considering eliminating its 3rd grade social studies test; ultimately, the state superintendent decided to keep it. That is not the case for Ohio; the state legislature has already made the decision to eliminate the test for a meager savings of $2 million over the next two years.
Only 61% of 5th graders passed the most recent test. What’s worse? The fact that only 30% of African-American students and 43% of Latino students passed. Instead of divesting from social studies education, Ohio should be concentrating on it more.