National Standards for World History (1994)

In 1994, the National Center for History in the Schools (based at the University of California, Los Angeles) prepared Standards in World History and Standards in U.S. History. This effort was undertaken as part of the National History Standards Project, which was intended to produce standards that would be adopted nation-wide. The final draft of the NHSP documents were completed in the Fall of 1994. However, the National Standards, particularly those pertaining to U.S. history, soon met with political controversy in the mid-90s. As a result, history-social science standards were not promulgated at the federal level, and individual states were left to determine and develop their own academic standards. Despite the decentralized process, the National Standards remained an important model upon which various states’ standards were subsequently based.