Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Colorado

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? Public schools are required to teach a course on the history and civil government of the state of Colorado and the United States, to include the history, culture and contributions of minorities. Satisfactory completion of this course is required for high school graduation. C.R.S. 22-1-104
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Colorado Social Studies Academic Standards (grade-level standards for K-8, grade-cluster standards for high school) include a strand of standards for civics. The civics standards are meant to teach “students the complexity of the origins, structure, and functions of government; the rights, roles and responsibilities of ethical citizenship; the importance of law; and the skills necessary to participate in all levels of government.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: analyzing and debating multiple perspectives on an issue (grade 4), comparing how various nations define the rights, responsibilities and roles of citizens (grade 7), researching, formulating positions, and engaging in appropriate civic participation to address local, state, or national issues or policies (high school).
Set of Standards: Social Studies
Colorado Social Studies Academic Standards (2009)

https://www.cde.state.co.us/cosocialstudies/cas-socialstudies-p12-pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education Colorado’s Curriculum Overview Samples are based on the Colorado Academic Standards which includes a strand of standards for civics.

Sample content examples in the samples include understanding: the choices of responsible citizens positively influence communities for the benefit of all (2nd grade), the roles and responsibilities of governments and the governed (7th grade), and how citizens act as a check on government (high school).
Social Studies Curriculum Overview Samples (2013)

https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/curriculumoverviews-bygrade
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies The department of education, in collaboration local education providers, shall administer state assessments in social studies to a representative sample of students enrolled in public elementary, middle and high schools each year. 22-7-1006.3 State Assessments--administration--rules
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A Performance Indicators: Measures -- 22-11-204
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Instruction in civics and the U.S. Constitution, among other things, is required for home-schooled students.

“The history and civil government of the state of Colorado shall be taught in all the public schools in the state.” Additionally, satisfactory completion of a class on the civil government of the United States and the state of Colorado is required for high school graduation.

C.R.S. 22-33-104.5(2)(d),
C.R.S. 22-1-104, C.R.S. 22-1-108
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies School districts must report annually on progress toward school and district accreditation indicators. One of the Accreditation Indicators for Compliance is the achievement of district or (state charter school) institute established achievement goals in the listed curriculum areas which include civics. 1 CCR 301-1

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