Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Arizona

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? Subject area course requirements for high school graduation include: One and one-half credits in instruction in the essentials, sources and history of the constitutions of the United States and Arizona and instruction in American institutions and ideals and in the history of Arizona, and one credit of world history/geography.

Grad requirement effective for the graduating class of 2012 include: "b. Three credits in social studies to include the following: i. One credit of American history, including Arizona history; ii. One credit of world history/geography. iii. One-half credit of American government, including Arizona government; and iv. One-half credit of economics."
A.A.C. R7-2-302.04, A.A.C. R7-2-302.01
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education Arizona’s Academic Content Standards - Social Studies (grade-level standards for K-8, grade-cluster standards for high school) include a strand of standards for civics/government. The goal of the civics strand is for students “to develop the requisite knowledge and skills for informed, responsible participation in public life; to ensure, through instruction, that students understand the essentials, source, and history of the constitutions of the United States and Arizona, American institutions and ideals. Students will understand the foundations, principles, and institutional practices of the United States as a representative democracy and constitutional republic. They will understand the importance of each person as an individual with human and civil rights and our shared heritage in the United States. Students will understand politics, government, and the responsibilities of good citizenship. Citizenship skills include the capacity to influence policies and decisions by clearly communicating interests and the ability to build coalitions through negotiation, compromise, and consensus. In addition, students will learn that the United States influences and is influenced by global interaction.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: practicing examples of democracy in action e.g. voting, making classroom rules (grade 1), describing the importance of citizens being actively involved in the democratic process e.g. voting, student government, etc. (grade 4), demonstrating the skills and knowledge needed to accomplish public purposes (high school).
Arizona’s Academic Content Standards - Social Studies (2005)

https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=550c589faadebe15d072aa26
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 In order to graduate from high school, "a pupil must correctly answer at least sixty of the one hundred questions listed on a test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States citizenship and immigration services."  ARS §15-701.01
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A School, charter school and school district accountability; annual achievement profiles, etc: ARS §15-241
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies The state board of education is required to prescribe competency requirements for promotion of pupils from the 3rd and 8th grades incorporating the academic standards in at least the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Also requires district school boards to prescribe criteria for the promotion of pupils from grade to grade, including accomplishment of the academic standards in at least reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as determined by district assessment. Other criteria may include additional measures of academic achievement and attendance.

Further, every child between 6 and 13 years mustattend a school and be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.

Additionally, "all schools shall give instruction in the essentials, sources and history of the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona and instruction in American institutions and ideals and in the history of Arizona, including the history of Native Americans in Arizona. The instruction shall be given in accordance with the state course of study for at least one year of the common school grades and high school grades respectively."
A.R.S. § 15-701, A.R.S. § 15-710, A.R.S. § 15-802
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies High school graduation requires 1.5 credits in the essentials, sources and history of the U.S. and Arizona constitutions, and instruction in American institutions and ideals and in the history of Arizona. A.A.C. R7-2-302.04

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