World History II, IB History of the Americas and IB Topics classes will have a curriculum change regarding their Essential Knowledge tests.

“In World [History] II, we’re mixing EKs with inquiries, Paper 3s and Project Based Learning (PBL) assessments,” social studies department chair Dean Wood said.

Social studies teacher Rebecca Crawford said they will incorporate at least two new formats in the IB Topics course.

“We are trying to find ways for students to demonstrate what they know and help them make connections between the otherwise ‘island topics’,” Crawford said.

Wood said the goal of this curriculum change is for students to have a different way of learning their content.

“PBL looks like it’s the way of the future for Fairfax County,” Wood said. “We are trying to implement that as much as possible.”