RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Education has approved new social studies standards that will change the way history is taught to students across the state.
Board members approved the standards overhaul Monday. The new guidelines do not require schools to teach early U.S. history in high school.
The board contends the standards are meant to make students "college, career and civic ready." Teachers and other education professionals developed the standards.
The Argus Leader reports the approval came despite opposition from higher education professors who argued students aren't ready for history lessons in college because they aren't learning early American history in high school.
Students must complete one course in U.S. history to graduate from a South Dakota public high school.
The standards will be implemented during the 2016-2017 school year.
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