Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Alaska

December 2016


Data are collected using publicly available state statute, administrative code and, in some cases, curriculum and standards frameworks. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.


Description Citation/Link
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies High School Graduation Requirements
Are there high school graduation requirement in civics or citizenship education? A student must have completed at least three units of credit in social studies before graduation. Beginning January 1, 2009, the three units of social studies must include "one-half unit of credit in Alaska history or demonstration that the student meets the Alaska history performance standards."

The provisions of this subsection do not apply to a student who
(1) transfers into an Alaska public school after the student's second year of high school; or
(2) has already successfully completed a high school state history course from another state.
4 AAC 06.075
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education Alaska’s Government and Citizenship Content Standards (not grade-level standards) are divided into seven central themes, one of which is having “the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively as an informed and responsible citizen.” Sample standards/benchmarks include: knowing and understanding how societies define authority, rights, and responsibilities through a governmental process and having the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively as an informed and responsible citizen.

Alaska's History Performance Standards (not grade-level standards) are divided into four central themes, one of which is "Individual Citizenship, Governance and Power." Sample standards/benchmarks in this strand include: describing how Alaskans, particularly the Native people and challenge the status quo to gain recognition of their civil rights and identifying the role of Alaska Native individuals and groups in actively proposing and promoting federal legislation and policies.
Alaska Government and Citizenship Standards (2012)

https://education.alaska.gov/akstandards/standards/Government&Citizenship.pdf

Alaska History Performance Standards (2012)

https://education.alaska.gov/akstandards/standards/History_Performance&GLEs.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education N/A
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A Statewide Assessment System: 4 AAC 06.710, 4 AAC 06.737
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A Alaska School Performance Index: 4 AAC 06.812
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies A goal of the state public school system is to provide a working knowledge of...government and citizenship..."

Additionally, high school graduation requires 3 units of credit in social studies.
04 AAC 04.030, 4 AAC 06.075

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