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ERIC Number: ED561946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Civic Education Policy Framework
Baumann, Paul; Millard, Maria; Hamdorf, Leslie
Education Commission of the States
While many Americans might agree on the importance of preparing young people for democratic life, civic education receives relatively less attention than other school subjects. Student performance on civic assessments reflects the limited focus of schools on civic learning. While many individuals and organizations have sought to address the poor condition of civic education, the problem remains acute. Recently, the Education Commission of the States convened a group of civic education leaders to design a new framework for state policy to support students' effective participation in civic life. Participants included students, educators, policymakers and other experts. At this meeting, participants helped create a model for education, prekindergarten through postsecondary (P-20), which identifies preparation for civic life as a core purpose of schools. This State Civic Education Policy Framework captures the expertise and recommendations of meeting participants and is informed by leading research on civic education. This Framework is intended to guide state policymakers 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. In addition to the Framework, this document includes examples to demonstrate how current state efforts are leading to significant, positive change in civic education for all students, P-20. The following are appended: (1) Civics Education Defined; (2) Civic Assessment Data; (3) ECS 2013 Civic Education State Policy Scan; (4) Recommendations for State Policymakers; (5) Sample Assessments; and (6) Thinkers' Meeting Attendees.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: State Farm Companies Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States; National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement (NCLCE)
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Illinois; Massachusetts; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; Utah; Virginia