Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Kansas

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? Each local board of education shall adopt a written policy specifying that pupils are eligible for graduation only upon completion of at least the following requirements: ... (2) three units of history and government, which shall include world history; United States history; United States government, including the Constitution of the United States; concepts of economics and geography; and, except as otherwise provided in S.B.R. 91-31-32, a course of instruction in Kansas history and government." KAR 91-31-35
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Kansas State Standards for History Government and Social Studies provide grade-level standards for K-8 and course-specific standards for high school. The standards include the following five standards for all grades and courses: 1. Choices have consequences, 2. Individuals have rights and responsibilities, 3. Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity, 4. Societies experience continuity and change over time, and 5. Relationships among people, places, ideas, and environments are dynamic. Though each standard is supported by four benchmarks, the benchmarks are not grade-level or course-specific. However, the document provides grade-level and course-specific instructional guides (a “suggested scope and sequence” for curriculum progression). Though civics is embedded throughout, the standards recommend Civics/Government as a unit in Grades K-4, Civic Rights and Social Change as a unit in United States History (high school), and multiple civics units in United States Government (high school). The goal of the standards is to “prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, engaged citizens as they enrich their communities, state, nation, world, and themselves.” Emphasis is “placed on the ‘doing’ of social studies rather than simple acquisition of content knowledge.”

Sample benchmarks include: recognizing and evaluating the rights and responsibilities of people living in societies, investigating specific rights and responsibilities of individuals and connecting those rights and responsibilities with contemporary issues, and using his/her understanding of rights and responsibilities to address contemporary issues.
The Kansas State Standards for History Government and Social Studies (2013)

http://www.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=zNGRyc6vESw%3d&tabid=472&portalid=0?=1587
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education The Kansas State Standards for History Government and Social Studies is a two-in-one document that provides the standards and instructional guides for teachers. The “document is designed to provide a uniform guide for instruction and is not intended to be a state-mandated curriculum for how and when content is taught. These decisions are left to local districts.”

Sample content examples provided in the standards include understanding: how being a good citizen benefits them, their family, their school, and their community (Kindergarten), exhibiting good citizenship skills, such as, showing respect, being responsible, having a positive attitude, exercising self-discipline, and engaging in conflict resolution (grade 4), and understanding what might justify acts of civil disobedience (high school, United States Government).
The Kansas State Standards for History Government and Social Studies (2013)

http://www.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=zNGRyc6vESw%3d&tabid=472&portalid=0?=1587
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies The state board shall provide for statewide assessments in the core academic areas of mathematics, science, reading, writing and social studies. Such assessments shall be administered at three grade levels, as determined by the board.
KSA § 72-6479
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/SES/KIAS/KIAS%20Overview.pdf
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies  K.S.A. 72-1103 requires schools to provide "a complete course of instruction to all pupils, in civil government, and United States history, and in patriotism and the duties of a citizen, suitable to the elementary grades." Also requires all high schools to give a course of instruction in government and U.S. institutions, particularly the Constitution. Students may not graduate without completing such a course.

K.S.A. 72-1117 requires the state board of education to provide for a course of instruction in Kansas history and government, and that completion of this course is a requirement for high school graduation.
K.S.A. 72-1103, K.S.A. 72-1117
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A K.A.R. § 88-29-17

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