Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Hawaii

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 including: U.S. History and Government (1.0 credit); and World History and Culture (1.0 credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (0.5 credit); and Participation in a Democracy (0.5 credit); and Social Studies basic elective (1.0 credit)
http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/Graduation%20Brochures/Grad2016Brochure.pdf
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III (grade-level standards) include a strand of standards for Political Science/Civics: Governance, Democracy and Interaction and for Political Science/Civics: Participation and Citizenship.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: understanding the roles, rights (personal, economic, political), and responsibilities of American citizens and exercising them in civic action by: demonstrating own roles and responsibilities in caring for others and the environment (grade 2) by explaining the responsibilities of citizens in a representative democracy (grade 8) and demonstrating the role of a citizen in civic action by selecting a problem, gathering information, proposing a solution, creating an action plan, and showing evidence of implementation (grade 9).
The Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III (2005)

http://165.248.72.55/hcpsv3/files/final_hcpsiii_socialstudies_librarydocs_1.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 The Educational Accountability System requires an annual statewide assessment program that provides a report card containing trend data on several key areas, including performance indicators related to civic responsibility. HRS §302A-1004
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies The Educational Accountability System involves an annual statewide assessment program that provides a report card containing trend data on school, school complex, and system performance at selected benchmark grade levels with performance indicators in areas relating to student achievement, safety and well-being, and civic responsibility. The accountability system shall assess and track measures of academic achievement, safety and well-being and civic responsibility of individual students. It also includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of complex area superintendents and principals in supporting several issues, including students’ civic responsibility. HRS §302A-1004
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Minimum curriculum includes each of the following core content areas: (1) Language arts; (2) Mathematics; (3) Science; and (4) Social studies." HRS §302A-321 (b)
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A

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