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Social Studies Curriculum Materials

Version 3.0

TUSD 3.0 Curriculum is a refinement of prior versions based on feedback, AZ Merit blueprints and Unitary Status Plan requirements.

Arizona Civics Test

Attention juniors and parents of juniors: In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064) requiring the graduating class of 2017 to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions.  Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificates. Students may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass. Students receiving special education services are exempt from obtaining a passing score unless required by an IEP.

To prepare for this test, please this Study Guide for Arizona Civics Test.

For more information, see this Presentation (in PDF).

Our Social Studies Curriculum

The aim of TUSD's social studies curriculum is the promotion of civic engagement through relevant, responsive, and rigorous educational experiences that reflect the backgrounds of our students. These social studies curriculum materials are based on the Arizona State Social Studies Standards and Arizona College & Career Ready Standards in Literacy for History & Social Studies focused on the development of critical thinking skills, analysis of multiple perspectives, and fostering student-centered classrooms.  

K-12 social studies provides our students with the learning opportunities to:

  • develop and use knowledge about one's community, nation, and world
  • apply inquiry processes to the past and present
  • employ skills of data collection and analysis with primary and secondary resources
  • cultivate collaboration in decision-making and problem-solving

TUSD will continue to design an aligned, articulated and well administered social studies curriculum that supports academically high standards of learning for all children, integrates college- and career-ready skills, and is culturally relevant for our diverse student population. Curriculum at all grades levels will be reviewed regularly to meet the needs of our students and community.

The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.
-National Council for the Social Studies

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.
~Martin Luther King Jr.