Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Mississippi

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? 4 Carnegie units of social studies to include
1 U.S. History 1 World History 0.5 Geography 0.5 Economics 0.5 U.S Government 0.5 Mississippi Studies
Passage of the end-of-course test for "U.S. History from 1877" (including civic competencies) is required for high school graduation as part of the Subject Area Testing Program. (State Board Policy 3600) Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, SATP scores will constitute 25 percent of a student’s final grade.)
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/dropout-prevention-and-compulsory-school-attendance-library/mississippi-high-school-nbsp-graduation-pathway.pdf?sfvrsn=0
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Mississippi Social Studies Framework (grade-level standards for K-8, course-specific standards for high school) includes a strand for standards for Civil/Human Rights in grades K-4 and High School U.S. Government. The grade 6 “World Geography and Citizenship” course of study “focuses on the rudiments of civic engagement.” According to the framework, “The overarching goal of the 2011 Mississippi Social Studies Framework is citizenship education in order to foster the development of lifelong, responsible, accountable, global citizens in a democratic society.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: understanding the concept of rights and responsibilities of a good citizen by distinguishing between rights and responsibilities of individuals in relation to different social groups including, family, peer group, and classmates (Kindergarten), understanding the roles, rights, and responsibilities of Mississippi citizens by distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors of a responsible citizen grade 4), and understanding the role that governments play in the protection, expansion, and hindrance of civil/human rights of citizens (high school, U.S. Government).
Mississippi Social Studies Framework (2011)

http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/curriculum-and-instructions-library/2011-mississsippi-social-studies-framework.pdf?sfvrsn=4
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education The Mississippi Social Studies Framework is a two-in-one document that provides the grade-level standards and considerations for curriculum. Mississippi Social Studies Framework (2011)

http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/curriculum-and-instructions-library/2011-mississsippi-social-studies-framework.pdf?sfvrsn=4
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies Civic competencies are assessed through the Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) in the "U.S. history from 1877" end-of-course assessment.

Students "must pass all required Subject Area Tests in U.S. History from 1877."

U.S. History end of course assessments are required for graduation, per the Subject Area Test Program.
SATP
Miss. Admin. Code 7-109
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies Subject Area Testing Program results are used for accountability purposes. SATP
37-151-9 Office of Educational Accountability
37-3-53 Public School Reporting System
Miss. Admin. Code 7-1-10:I-2 Summary of Implementation Status for Required Elements of State Accountability Systems
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies A course of study concerning the flags of the U.S. and Mississippi is required. "There also shall be taught in the public schools the duties and obligations of citizenship, patriotism, Americanism and respect for and obedience to law." Miss. Code Ann. § 37-13-5
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, all high schools must offer at least one (1) Advanced Placement (AP) course in each of the four (4) core areas (mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies)."

"All school districts may offer Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses in each of the four (4) core areas (mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies)."
CMSR 36-000-001.2903-II
CMSR 36-000-001.2903-III

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