The National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement has developed this resource of state policies to support civic education for K-12 students. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach specific civic education policies. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page.

Key takeaways

  • All states have some requirement for civic education, though such requirements come through a variety of mechanisms.
  • While all states have some requirements related to civic education, only about half of the states assess student learning in this area and hold schools accountable for such learning.

50-state comparisons 

  1. High School Graduation Requirements – Citizenship
  2. Civics or Citizenship Education Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
  3. Citizenship Education – Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
  4. Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code

Related resources

Staff contact
Paul Baumann

 PUBLISHED: September 1, 2013




 STATE(S): Nationwide

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