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  • Higher Education Civic Learning and Engagement: A Massachusetts case study
    This Promising Practices report explores the civic learning and engagement efforts of Massachusetts’ public higher education system in five areas: vision of Preparing Citizens as a core educational commitment, development of a state higher education Policy on Civic Learning, creation of civic engagement and service-learning course designations, progress in statewide assessment accountability for civic learning and policies to align civic learning across the K-16 education continuum.
  • 50-State Comparison: Civic Education and Companion Report
    This 50-State Comparison is an update to the 50-State Comparison: Civic Education Policies, released in 2013, and provides a statewide overview of social studies and civic education legislation and identifies trends, distinctions and outliers. The Companion Report for this 50-State Comparison highlights key legislation and specific school curriculums related to civic education.
  • State Civic Education Policy Framework
    State policymakers can rely on this policy framework as they address the complexities of preparing students for college, career and civic life. It allows for adaptation to state- and site-specific circumstances and may be adopted in whole or in piecemeal fashion, according to states’ individual circumstances and needs.To compare your state civic education policy and practices with evidence-based best practices and competitive benchmarks, use the Civic Education Gap Analysis Tool. The Tool assists education leaders and policymakers in identifying strategic priorities for civic education policy improvements.
  • Guidebook: Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning
    This guidebook serves as a resource — a what’s next? — for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other education leaders who want to put the “Six Proven Practices of Effective Civic Learning” in place but are not sure how to begin.
  • The Civics Education Initiative 2015-2016
    Thirty states have considered The Civics Education Initiative, a project of the Joe Foss Institute, advocating that all states establish a requirement that students pass a 100-question test on basic history and civic facts to graduate from high school. Ensuring all students are taught basic civics and learn to be ready for active, engaged citizenship is a goal that both sides of the aisle can agree upon. But the means to that goal is hotly debated. Access this report to learn more.
  • State Policies on Service-Learning
    This policy scan examines the extent and nature to which service-learning has been institutionalized in state policies ranging from academic standards to instructional strategies and credit requirements. Only Maryland and the District of Columbia require high school students to complete a specified number of hours in a service-learning or community-service activity to graduate.