Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Florida

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? Three credits in social studies.--A student must earn one credit in United States History; one credit in World History; one-half credit in economics, which must include financial literacy; and one-half credit in United States Government. The United States History EOC assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student's final course grade.
Fla. Stat. § 1003.4282(3)(d)
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine Standards for Social Studies (grade-level standards for K-8, grade-cluster standards for high school) include a strand of standards for Civics and Government. According to the Sunshine Standards, over the course of their studies, students should meet the following general standards related to civics and government: 1.) demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system, 2.) evaluate the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens and determine methods of active participation in society, government, and the political system, 3.) demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government, and 4.) demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in world affairs, and evaluate the role and impact of United States foreign policy.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: identifying ways students can participate in the betterment of their school and community (grade 1), evaluating the importance of civic responsibilities in American democracy (grade 5) and analyzing public policy solutions or courses of action to resolve a local, state, or federal issue (high school).
Next Generation Sunshine Standards (2014)

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 End of course assessments in civics shall be administered to students enrolled in such courses as specified in the course code directory. §1008.22 (3)(b)
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies Student performance in social studies is included in annual school report cards. School grades are based on a number of components, including the percentage of eligible students passing statewide, standardized assessments in social studies. Fla. Stat. §1008.34
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Duties of each state instructional materials committee: When recommending instructional materials for use in the schools, each committee shall require, when appropriate to the comprehension of students, that materials for social science, history, or civics classes contain the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. the legislature's recognition regarding teacher quality that "professional educators play an important role in shaping the future of this state and the nation by developing the knowledge and skills of our future workforce and laying the foundation for good citizenship and full participation in community and civic life."

Teachers are required to teach the history and content of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and amendments thereto, the arguments in support of adopting our republican form of government, as they are embodied in the most important of the Federalist Papers, flag education, the elements of civil government, the history of the United States, the history of the holocaust and the history of African Americans.

Requirements for middle grades promotion include: “Three middle school or higher courses in social studies, one semester of which must include the study of state and federal government and civics education. Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 2012-2013 school year, one of these courses must be at least a one-semester civics education course that a student successfully completes and that includes the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments; the structures and functions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government; and the meaning and significance of historic documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States.”
Fla. Stat. § 1006.31, Fla. Stat. § 1003.42, Fla. Stat. § 1003.4156
s. 1008.22(3)(c)
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Florida code requires Next Generation Sunshine Standards to be incorporated into curriculum design at the district level. These standards also serve as the basis for assessments. Social studies and history are included topics in state standards. 6A-1.09401

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