Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Indiana

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? The social studies requirement shall include the following:
(A) Two (2) credits in United States history.
(B) One (1) credit in United States government.
(C) One (1) credit in another social studies course.

Sec. 2. (a) Each public and nonpublic high school shall provide a required course that is: (1) not less than one (1) year of school work; and (2) in the: (A) historical; (B) political; (C) civic;(D) sociological; (E) economical; and (F) philosophical; aspects of the constitutions of Indiana and the United States. (b) The state board shall:(1) prescribe the course described in this section and the course's appropriate outlines; and (2) adopt the necessary textbooks for uniform instruction. (c) A high school student may not receive a diploma unless the student has successfully completed the interdisciplinary course described in this section. 

Sec. 4. (a) Each public school and nonpublic school shall provide within the two (2) weeks preceding a general election for all students in grades 6 through 12 five (5) full recitation periods of class discussion concerning: (1) the system of government in Indiana and in the United States; (2) methods of voting; (3) party structures; (4) election laws; and (5) the responsibilities of citizen participation in government and in elections. (b) A student may not receive a high school diploma unless the student has completed a two (2) semester course in American history. 
511 IAC 6-7-6.1.b, IC 20-30-5-2, IC 20-30-5-4
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Indiana Academic Standards - Social Studies (grade-level standards for K-8, course-specific standards for high school) include a strand of standards for Civics and Government in grades K-8. Civics content is embedded in the United States Government high school course required for graduation and recommended for students in grades 11 or 12.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: explaining the importance of being a responsible citizen of one’s community, the state and the nation and identifying people in one’s community and the state who exhibit the characteristics of good citizenship (grade 3), and explaining the idea of citizenship in the United States, describing the roles of United States citizens, identifying and explaining the rights and responsibilities of United States citizens, and examining how citizens can participate responsibly and effectively in the civic and political life of the United States (high school United States Government).
Indiana Academic Standards - Social Studies (2014)

http://www.doe.in.gov/standards/social-studies
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 Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) program shall be administered in social studies in grade levels to be determined by the state board.

A school that participates in the ISTEP program shall administer the social studies test in grades 5 and 7.
Title 511, Article 6.2 School Performance and Growth: Accountability

IC 20-32-5-2

511 IAC 5-2-3
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A IC 20-31-8-1
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies In grades 6-12, all schools must provide instruction in the Constitutions of Indiana and the U.S.

Schools are also required to offer a 1-year course in "the historical, political, civic, sociological, economic, and philosophical aspects of the constitutions of Indiana and of the United States" in order to graduate from high school.

State law also instructs schools to educate students on important historical documents to the United States including the U.S. Constitution, Indiana Constitution, Mayflower Compact, the Federalist Papers, as well as other historically relevant documents.

Schools must provide "five (5) full recitation periods of class discussion concerning the system of government in Indiana and in the United States, methods of voting, party structures, election laws, and the responsibilities of citizen participation in government and in elections" in the 2 weeks preceding each general election, to all students in grades 6-12. Also requires a 2-semester course in American history for graduation.

Additionally, students are to receive "good citizenship instruction," which includes honesty, respect for authority and property, "possessing the skills (including methods of conflict resolution) necessary to live peaceably in society and not resorting to violence to settle disputes," personal responsibility for obligations to family and community, respect for the flag and the U.S. and state constitutions, and respect for the rights of others to have their own views and religious beliefs.

Each school corporation (district) must provide instruction in a variety of subjects, including "social studies and citizenship, including the constitutions, governmental systems, and histories of Indiana and the United States."
IC 20-30-5-1, IC 20-30-5-2, IC 20-30-5-3, IC 20-30-5-4, IC 20-30-5-6, IC 20-30-5-7,
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Elementary and middle school curriculum is to include social studies and citizenship.
511 IAC 6.1-5-2.6, 511 IAC 6.1-5-3.6,

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