State education leaders and policymakers have increasingly turned their attention to the matter of student civic learning and engagement. To assist lawmakers and others, Education Commission of the States’ National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement (NCLCE) developed a tool to examine current state civic education policies and practices and compare them with evidenced-based best practices and competitive benchmarks.

The Gap Analysis Tool guides users – including state policy leaders, school districts, higher education institutes and community groups – through seven flexible steps designed to improve and expand existing civic education policies.

“This unique and useful tool allows stakeholders to more easily compare high-quality civic education efforts occurring in other states and take action in their own backyards,” said Jan Brennan, a project leader for NCLCE. “This resource can be used at any grade level, from preschool through postsecondary.”

In addition to the Gap Analysis Tool, NCLCE updated the Six Proven Practices on Effective Civic Learning guidebook, originally released in 2014. This comprehensive report serves as a resource for education leaders who want to put the practices in place but are looking for guidance in the early stages.

For questions, contact Education Commission of the States Communications Specialist Brady Delander at or (303) 299.3622.

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