Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Arkansas

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? Common Core System Requirements for Graduation from High School: "Social Studies-- 3 units (1 unit of world history, 1 unit of U.S. history, 1/2 unit of civics or government) ... The first graduating class who must meet the graduation requirements established in these rules and regulations is the graduating class of the year 2002."

2 semester courses required for graduation United States History since 1890 World History (since 1450)

Elective or career focus courses Psychology Sociology U. S. Government World Geography African American History Arkansas History Grades 9-12 if not taught in Grades 7 or 8 --- this is not a graduation requirement; however, it is a mandated course
005 22 CARR 006
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Arkansas Social Studies Curriculum Framework (grade-level standards for K-8, course-specific standards for high school) includes a strand of standards for civics/government for grades K-6. In grades 7 and 8, civics content is “embedded” in social studies content. High school students are required to take a one semester civics course prior to graduation and can enroll in a U.S. government elective. The one semester civics course required in high school has three strands (“Civic and Political Institutions”, “Participation and Deliberation and Processes”, “Rules and Laws”) and focuses on “the application of civic virtues and democratic principles and investigation of problem solving in society.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: describing the roles and responsibilities of individuals in a democracy (2grade 2), comparing ways in which various civilizations foster social responsibility and civic virtues (grade 6), and analyzing the election process in federal, state, and local governments (high school Civics).
Social Studies Curriculum Framework Documents (2015)

http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/curriculum-and-instruction/curriculum-framework-documents/social-studies-new-courses-valid-july-1-2015

Outline of Social Studies Content by Grade and Subject Area

http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Learning_Services/Curriculum%20and%20Instruction/Frameworks/Social_Studies/Outline_of_Social_Studies_Content.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education N/A Social Studies Curriculum Framework Documents (2015)

http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/curriculum-and-instruction/curriculum-framework-documents/social-studies-new-courses-valid-july-1-2015
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies The Department shall develop and implement criterion-referenced assessments to include social studies as funds are available and approved by the State Board of Education.

For all grades, "Science, civics, and government shall be measured on a schedule as determined by the state board."
005 19 CARR 006
AR ADC 005.01.17.5.02.1

ACA § 6-15-433
ACA § 6-15-404
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability program: §6-15-4

Rules governing school accountability: 005.01.17-8.0
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Students will achieve competency in … social studies, history, geography, economics, and civic education."

"A unit of Arkansas history shall be taught as a social studies subject at each elementary grade level in every public elementary school in this state, with greater emphasis at the fourth and fifth grade levels;" and "At least one (1) full semester of Arkansas history shall be taught to all students at the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade level in every public secondary school in this state."
ACA § 6-16-124

A.C.A. § 6-15-1003(a)(2)
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools: Grades K-8 curriculum must include civic education. Accredited high schools must teach 1 unit of civics or civics/government every year. One-half credit civics or government required for graduation. Code Ark. R. 005 19 007:

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