Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Kentucky

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? Social studies - three (3) credits to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for social studies

Minimum requirements for high school graduation: Beginning with the graduating class of 2012, minimum requirements for social studies are: "three credits to include the content strands of historical perspective, including U.S. History, geography, economics, government and civics, and cultures and societies." 
704 KAR 3:305 §1-2

http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/standards/kyacadstand/Documents/Kentucky%20Academic%20Standards_Final-9%2011%2015.pdf
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Kentucky Academic Standards - Social Studies (grade-cluster standards for K-3 and high school, grade-level standards for 4-8) include a strand of standards (“Big Idea”) for Government and Civics. According to the standards, “the primary purpose of social studies is to help students develop the ability to make informed decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.” They promote the belief “that students must develop more than an understanding of social studies content. They must also be able to apply the content perspectives of several academic fields of the social studies to personal and public experiences.” According to the standards, “an understanding of civic ideals and practices of citizenship is critical to full participation in society and is a central purpose of the social studies.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: accurately describing various forms of government and analyze issues that relate to the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy by exploring personal rights and responsibilities (grades K-3), by explaining how democratic governments of the present day function to preserve and protect the rights (e.g., voting), liberty, and property of their citizens by making, enacting and enforcing appropriate rules and laws (grade 6) and by examining ways that democratic governments do or do not preserve and protect the rights and liberties of their constituents (high school).
Kentucky Academic Standards - Social Studies (2013)

http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/standards/kyacadstand/Documents/Kentucky_Academic_Standards_Social_Studies.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 state student assessments may include formative and summative tests that measure individual student achievement in the academic core content areas of language, reading, English, mathematics, science and social studies at designated grades.

The state student assessments to be implemented in the 2011-2012 academic year include a criterion-referenced test in science and social studies to be administered once in elementary, middle and high school.
KRS 158:6453
KRS 158:6453
http://education.ky.gov/AA/Assessments/Documents/Kentucky%20State-Level%20Assessments%202016-17.pdf
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies School report cards include rankings on the basis of Kentucky Core Content Test scores, including social studies. 158.6455, 158.6454, 158.6453, 703 KAR 5:140
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies The public school system "shall allow and assist all students to acquire ...knowledge to make economic, social, and political choices," "core values and qualities of good character to make moral and ethical decisions throughout his or her life," "understanding of governmental processes as they affect the community, the state, and the nation."

Social studies is included in the statewide assessment program.
KRS § 158.645, (KRS § 158.6453)
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A

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