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.
- 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.
- High School Graduation Requirements – Citizenship
- Civics or Citizenship Education Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
- Citizenship Education – Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
- Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
- The Civics Education Initiative of 2015
- State Civic Education Policy Framework: A guide for policymakers
- Different paths to a common goal: Preparing students for civic life
- Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning
PUBLISHED: September 1, 2013
RESOURCE TYPE: 50-State Comparison