Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Missouri

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? Missouri high school graduates must earn at least three units selected to enable students to master important knowledge and skills in the areas of civic knowledge and responsibility; economic systems and functions; governmental functions; geography; world history; and American history. One of the three units must be American history, and the equivalent of one half unit must be in government.

All schools are required to provide regular instruction in the constitutions of the United States and of the state of Missouri and in American history and institutions. "No pupil shall receive a certificate of graduation from any public or private school other than private trade schools unless he has satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions."

Any student entering the ninth grade after July 1, 2017, who is attending any public, charter, or private school, except private trade schools, as a condition of high school graduation shall pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics.
3. The examination shall consist of one hundred questions similar to the one hundred questions used by the USCIS that are administered to applicants for U.S. citizenship.

"To be eligible for graduation from high school, a student must satisfactorily pass a test or tests on the provisions and principles of the U.S. and Missouri constitutions and in American history and institutions at some time(s) during grades 7-12. The design, content and passing criteria for the test(s) are at the discretion of local school districts. ... Students must also pass the course or courses designated as containing the required instruction in the institutions, branches and functions of federal, state and local government and in the electoral processes." (Graduation Requirements for Students in Missouri Public Schools, page 27. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
5 CSR 50-345.3, R.S.Mo. § 170.011


https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/Graduation%20Handbook.pdf























2016 Mo. Legis. Serv. H.B. 1646, 2132 & 1621
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education Missouri’s Social Studies Grade Level Expectations for Grades K-5 and 6-12 provide grade-level standards for grades K-5 and course-specific standards for grades 6-12. In grades K-5, civics standards can be found in the several “concept” strands including:1.Purposes and principles of the Bill of Rights, 2. Role of citizens in carrying out constitutional principles, 3. Character traits and civic attitudes of significant individuals, and 4. Methods of resolving conflict. Civics standards are embedded throughout much of the standards in grades 9-12, but are concentrated in the high school Government course.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: giving examples of being an active and informed citizen in the classroom or community (grade 1), analyzing ways by which citizens have effectively voiced opinions, monitored government, and brought about change both past and present (grade 5), and distinguishing the powers and responsibilities of citizens and institutions to address and solve problems (high school government).
K-5 Social Studies Grade Level Expectations (2016)

https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/curr-mls-standards-ss-k-5-sboe-2016.pdf

6-12 Social Studies Grade Level Expectations (2016)

https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/curr-mls-standards-ss-6-12-sboe-2016.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 Any student attending a public, charter, or private school must pass a civics exam in order to graduate high school. The test draws questions from the United States citizenship and immigration exam. Questions included in this exam may be included in other examinations on topics such as American history, the United States Constitution, or American institutions in addition to others. Mo. Rev. Stat. s. 170.345
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies Within the school accountability report card, student achievement is measured in part through the statewide assessment system (which includes testing in american history and forms of government) 160.522
160.518
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies State requires students to earn 3 credits in social studies for high school graduation. CSR 20-100.190

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