Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Maryland

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 credits including one credit in United States history, one credit in world history, and one credit in local, State, and national government aligned with the Maryland High School Assessment for government

To be awarded the Maryland High School Diploma, all students, including elementary and middle school students who take high school level courses, shall take the Maryland High School Assessment for algebra, biology, English, and government after the student completes the required course.
COMAR 13A.03.02.03, COMAR 13A.03.02.06
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Maryland State Curriculum for Social Studies (grade-level standards for K-8) include a strand of standards for Political Science. The Political Science strand incorporates civics content. Though the State Curriculum is currently being drafted for high school courses, a draft of the standards for the high school Government course also includes a strand of standards for Political Science and incorporates civics content.

Sample standards/benchmarks include:describing the rights and responsibilities of being a participating member of the family, school and neighborhood by identifying the rights, responsibilities and choices that students have in the family, school, and neighborhood (grade 1) and defending the importance of civic participation as a citizen of Maryland by analyzing ways people can participate in the political process including voting, petitioning elected officials, and volunteering (grade 4).
Maryland State Curriculum for Social Studies (2006)

http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/instruction/curriculum/social_studies/standard1/allgradesinfo.html

http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/assessments/vsc/

http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/assessments/standards/9-12.html

http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/assessments/hsvsc/government.html
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education The State Curriculum Toolkit for Social Studies is based on the Maryland State Curriculum for Social Studies, which includes a strand of standards for Political Science in grades K-8. The Toolkit provides clarification of the standards and objectives and also provides “lesson seeds”, which are aligned with an objective. Maryland State Curriculum Toolkit

http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/instruction/curriculum/social_studies/vsc_toolkit.html
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies The State Board and the State Superintendent shall implement assessment programs in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies that include written responses.The following assessments are administered annually: At the middle school level, a statewide, comprehensive, grade band assessment program that measures the learning gains of each public school student towards achieving mastery of the standards set forth in the common core curricula or the State's adopted curricula for the core content areas of reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies. At the high school level, a statewide, standardized, end-of- course assessment that is aligned with and that measures each public school student's skills and knowledge of the State's adopted curricula for the core content areas of reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies;
Md. Code Ann. Educ. §§ 5-401, 7-203
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies The education accountability program includes educational goals, objectives, and assessments for several subject areas, including social studies. 7-203 Program of Educational Accountability
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies September 17 is designated as "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" to "help instill in students knowledge of the history, importance, and enduring meaning of the United States Constitution and of the Maryland Constitution on the citizens of the State." MD Statute § 7-116
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Requirements for civics courses shall teach students:
  1. To understand the historical development and current status of the fundamental concepts and processes of government including authority, power, and influence, with particular emphasis on the democratic skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.
  2. Engage in political participation and contribute to the public process.
Additionally, students must complete three credits in social studies including, United States history, world history, and state and local government aligned with state standards in order to graduate from high school.
COMAR 13A.04.08.01(G), COMAR 13A.03.02.03(B)(6)

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