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Conversations with Principals: Citizenship Education MS Word - This document contains excerpts from interviews with principals at the elementary, middle and high school levels who are engaged in efforts to combine civics knowledge with action and make citizenship education an important part of their schools. The Role of Principals in Citizenship Education: Integrating and Sustaining Quality Efforts in American Schools, an ECS Issue Brief that explores the role of principals in uniting citizenship knowledge and practice, is also available. (Education Commission of the States, June 2004)...

Experts Offer Recommendations for Improving Citizenship Education PDF - Five groups of national, state and local expertis in citizenship education recently met to develop recommendations to improve citizenship education. Their recommendations address content, delivery and policy implications. (Education Commission of the States, June 2004)...

Progress of Education Reform: Citizenship Education PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform focuses on what some of the latest research says policymakers can do to improve citizenship education, as well as what the National Assessment of Educational Progress has found about nationwide student civics achievement. (Dale DeCesare, The Progress of Education Reform, vol. 5, no. 2, Education Commission of the States, 2004)...

The Role of Principals in Citizenship Education: Integrating and Sustaining Quality Efforts in American Schools MS Word PDF - This issue brief explores the role of school principals in efforts to unite civics knowledge with action and make citizenship education a vital part of their schools’ functioning. The companion piece to this brief contains excerpts from interviews with several principals engaged in such efforts. (Linda Fredericks, Education Commission of the States, June 2004)...

Every Student A Citizen: Creating the Democratic Self PDF - This links to the executive summary of the final report of the National Study Group on Citizenship in K-12 Schools, which summarizes a framework and rationale for (1) articulating a pressing need to revitalize the civic mission of education, (2) advancing service-learning as a strategy that can challenge and guide students to meet their civic responsibilities and (3) engaging every student in activities that make a difference in their schools and communities. Find out the principles of best practices needed to support the development of the democratic self, challenges to current policy assumptions and recommendations for action at the school, district, community, state and national level. (Education Commission of the States, July 2000)...

1998 NAEP Civics Assessment Results - In 1998, NAEP administered the latest civics assessment to approximately 22,000 students at grades 4, 8 and 12 in the nation. The assessment measured students' knowledge of civics and American government and at each of the grade levels tested, only about a quarter of students were at the proficient or advanced levels. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2003)...

The Civic Mission of Schools - For the first time, a group of more than 50 scholars and practitioners has offered a consensus on how to expand and create more effective civic education programs. This report calls on policymakers to hold schools accountable for teaching civics and to reexamine existing state academic standards to ensure there is a civics education curriculum at each grade level. Recommendations for state policymakers include providing financial incentives and rewards to schools and educators with exemplary civic education curricula, promoting standards for civic education, and working within national organizations to promote civic education in all states. (Carnegie Corporation of New York and Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Education, February 2003)...

NAEPfact - Civics: What Do 4th Graders Know, and What Can They Do? - This publication provides a snapshot of how well America's 4th graders are prepared to meet their citizenship responsibilities. The results are based on 30 questions from the 1998 NAEP Civics Assessment. (Carol Johnson and Alan Vanneman, National Center for Education Statistics, September 2001)...

What Democracy Means to Ninth-Graders: U.S. Results from the International IEA Civic Education Study - Complete results from this study are now available on the NCES Web site. According to the study, America's 9th graders outscore their peers in 27 countries in their use of civic-related skills and score above the international average in total civics knowledge. Here are the highlights of the report. (Stephanie Baldi, Marianne Perie, Dan Skidmore, Elizabeth Greenberg, Carole Hahn, NCES, April 2001) ...

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