Social studies no longer state-tested subject

Julianna Shoemaker, reporter

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a three part series focusing on the OCCT state testing.

Because of a ruling made by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Duncan Middle School students will no longer take a state test for social studies.

Mike Fitts, seventh-grade social studies teacher, said he thinks students need to learn about world history with each other and how the government elections go.

“Uninformed voters make uninformed choices,” Fitts said.

He said his favorite topics to teach when it comes to social studies is about wars and cultures.

For Fitts, it’s important for students to be tested in the area because it shows them how important the subject area is. He said the subject should not be underestimated.

Although students will no longer be tested in social studies, they will still be testing in other areas, including reading and math.