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How has OCSS supported Ohio Social Studies Teachers and our students with SB 1 (Mandatory Semester of Financial Literacy) ?

  • Originally the bill would not protect current Social Studies coursework from being replaced with Financial Literacy. OCSS successfully negotiated a change that protects Ohio's 3 years of social studies.  Due to OCSS efforts, Ohio students get 3 full  years of Social Studies and Financial Literacy! 

  • Originally the bill forced all social studies teachers to have to earn an new "validation" to teach the course.  OCSS successfully negotiated a change that ensures social studies teachers are exempt from this new rule.

  • OCSS was able to work with State Legislators and interested stakeholders to successfully advocate for Social Studies in Ohio. OCSS will continue to advocate for Ohio Social Studies teachers and our profession. Your membership matters!

World History Saved!


A special thank you for your support as we fought to ensure all of Ohio’s students learn about the world, its people, and issues.  Because of your efforts and tireless pursuit to ensure that Ohio’s students receive a world-class education, Governor Kasich has signed HB 367 into law, which includes a provision that requires students to complete 1/2 unit of instruction in world history and civilizations before graduating high school.  OCSS would also like to thank the Senator Frank LaRose for sponsoring our original bill and the numerous legislators that supported the World History requirement with their affirmative votes.  Again, our campaign to Save World History in Ohio’s Schools would not have been successful without your support!

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SB 165 Founding DocUMENTS Law

Governor Kasich signing SB 165 on March 30, 2012.

Information on Am. Sub. S.B. 165 

(Historical Documents)

In compliance with Am. Sub. S.B.165, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has revised and posted syllabi and model curriculum for the high school American History and American Government courses. ODE also has posted the revised model curricula for grades four and eight.

This legislation also requires that not later than July 1, 2013, local boards of education are to adopt interim end-of-course examinations for American history and American government. These interim examinations are to be used until the state end-of-course examinations are selected. Ohio’s end-of-course examinations for American history and American government are to be determined by July 1, 2014.

Below are resources on Am. Sub. S.B. 165.  More will be added to assist school districts with the interim end-of-course examinations.


More Information about SB 165

Click this link for the Columbus Dispatch Story.

Click here for a message  from the OCA President, Chris Long, about the passage of SB 165.

The Exchange Club offers schools the opportunity to display a collection of historical American Documents with their Freedom Shrine Program.

Salem Library Collection   freedom shrine

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