Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Delaware

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? 3 credits in social studies.

The student shall meet all of the requirements as specified in 14 DE Admin. Code 505, and shall meet any other additional criteria as determined by the local district or charter school; and the student shall demonstrate proficient levels of performance relative to the State content standards in reading, mathematics, science and social studies. The student may demonstrate proficient levels of performance through Other Academic Indicators.
14 DE ADC 505, CDR 14-101.9.1.1
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Delaware Standards for Social Studies (grade-cluster standards) include a strand of standards for civics. According to the standards document, students “need to comprehend that an essential premise of representative democracy is the willingness of citizens to place a high premium on their own personal responsibility for participation in social decision-making. Students develop the skills which citizens must possess in order to discharge those responsibilities while protecting their rights and the rights of others. The study of civics prepares students to translate their beliefs into actions and their ideas into policies.” The standards are built on four anchor standards: 1.) students will examine the structure and purposes of governments with specific emphasis on constitutional democracy, 2.) students will understand the principles and ideals underlying the American political system, 3.) students will understand the responsibilities, rights, and privileges of United States citizens, and 4.) students will develop and employ the civic skills necessary for effective, participatory citizenship.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: understanding that respect for others, their opinions, and their property is a foundation of civil society in the United States (grades K-3), applying the fundamental rights and protections of American citizens guaranteed in the Bill of Rights to everyday situations (grades 4-5), and developing and employing the skills necessary to work with government programs and agencies (grades 9-12).
Delaware Standards for Social Studies (1995)

http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/2548
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education Delaware's Recommended Curriculum Units and Lesson Plans are based on the Delaware Standards for Social Studies, which include a strand of standards for civics. The guides provide standards-aligned units and resources for use in the classroom, including a collection of civics-related performance tasks. Additional resources are provided by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.

Sample content examples include being able to: demonstrate what is the nature of a privilege and what a person has to do to earn or lose a privilege (grade 3), apply knowledge about the protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights in order to explain how the protections apply in everyday life (grade 7), and understand the consequences of citizens not participating in a democracy (high school).  
Delaware Recommended Curriculum Units and Lesson Plans

http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/2544 

Social Studies Coalition of Delaware

http://www.sscde.org/ 
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies The Department shall administer both accountability and growth assessments of student achievement in grades 3-8 and additional grades as determined by the department. Science and social studies shall be assessed for students at least once in the elementary grades, at least once in the middle grades and at least once in high school.
The Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA) may include general assessments for science and social studies
14 Del. C. §151
DE ADC 14-101
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A CDR 14-103.5
DE ADC 14-103
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Requires all public and private schools to teach courses in the U.S. and state constitutions, government of Delaware and the free enterprise system beginning in the 8th grade and continuing in high school. There also may be one day a year "solely devoted to the study of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in every grade consistent with state content standards starting in first grade and continuing through 12th grade." 14 Del. C. § 4103
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Instructional programs offered in the public schools of Delaware shall be in alignment with the appropriate content standards documents," to include Social Studies Curriculum Framework.

"Local school districts and each charter school shall provide instructional programs in social studies for each grade K to 12. All public school students in each grade K to 8 shall be enrolled in a social studies program. All public school students in grades 9 to 12 shall complete the credits in social studies necessary to graduate from high school."
CDR 14-500, CDR 14-503.4

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