Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Idaho

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? Five credits required including government (2 credits), U.S. history (2 credits), and economics (1 credit). Current world affairs and geography will be integrated into all social studies instruction. Courses such as geography, sociology, world affairs and world history may be offered as electives, not to be counted as a social studies requirement. IDAPA
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Idaho Content Standards (grade-level standards for K-5, course-specific standards for 6-12) include a strand of standards for Civics and Government.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: building an understanding that all people in the United States have rights and assume responsibilities by: identifying individuals who are helpful to people in their everyday lives (grade 1), identifying ways people can monitor and influence the decisions and actions of their state and tribal governments (grade 4), and identifying the ways in which citizens can participate in the political process at the local, state, and national level (high school American Government).
Idaho Content Standards (2009)
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 Students are "must show they have met the state civics and government standards for such instruction through the successful completion of the civics test or alternate path established by the local school district or charter school that shows the student has met the standards." The civics test is the 100 questions used for the United States citizenship and immigration exam. Id. Stat. Ann. 33-1602(7)
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A School Accountability Report Card- 33-4501
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Idaho requires instruction on the U.S. Constitution, the "proper use, display and history of and respect for the American flag," the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem, and the song "America." Also requires instruction in citizenship in all elementary and secondary schools. Citizenship instruction must include lessons on the role of a citizen in a constitutional republic, how laws are made, how officials are elected, and the importance of voting and of participating in government. Such instruction shall also include the importance of respecting and obeying statutes which are validly and lawfully enacted by the Idaho legislature and the congress of the United States. "The importance of students acquiring the skills to enable them to be responsible citizens of their homes, schools and communities is emphasized" as part of a thorough system of public schools.

Additionally, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, all secondary students must demonstrate proficiency in civics by passing the U.S. Citizenship examination. Students are allowed to take the test as many times as necessary to pass.
Idaho Code ยง 33-1602
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies At appropriate grade levels, "Social Studies will include instruction in history, government, geography, economics, current world affairs, citizenship, and sociology."

Schools will provide instruction and activities necessary for students to acquire the skills to enable them to be responsible citizens in their homes, schools, communities, state and nation.

IDAPA 08.02.03 103, IDAPA 08.02.03 170

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