Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - District of Columbia

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? 4 credits in social studies, including World History I & II, DC History, US Government, US History. CDCR 5-E2203.3
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The District of Columbia Social Studies Pre-K through Grade 12 Standards (grade-level standards) “integrate the four major disciplines of history, geography, economics, and politics and government. They are not presented in separate strands, although grade 6 focuses on geography and grade 12 focuses on government, including U.S. and Washington, DC, governments.” The standards identify throughout the grade continuum when “politics and government” are a stressed disciplinary content. According to the standards’ guiding philosophies “devotion to human dignity and freedom, equal rights, justice, the rule of law, civility and truth, tolerance of diversity, mutual assistance, personal and civic responsibility, self-restraint, and self-respect must be taught, learned, and practiced.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: identifying and describing the events or people celebrated during U.S. national holidays and why Americans celebrate them (Kindergarten), describing the rights and responsibilities of citizenship (grade 2), evaluating, taking and defending positions on the scope and limits of rights and obligations as democratic citizens, the relationships among them, and how they are secured (grade 12).
District of Columbia Social Studies Pre-K through Grade 12 Standards (2011)

http://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/DCPS-horiz-soc_studies.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 § 38-1800.02, §38-771.01
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Social studies are a requirement for graduation and must include World History I & II, United States History, United States Government, and District of Columbia History Rule 5-A2203.3(b),
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A

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