Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Nebraska

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 Science - 40 instructional units. The curriculum includes content drawn from American and world history, geography, economics, civics, government and citizenship and may also include content from other social science areas such as sociology, psychology, and anthropology. This includes instruction in the U.S. and Nebraska Constitutions, the benefits and advantages of our government, the dangers of Nazism, Communism, and similar ideologies, the duties of citizenship and the appropriate patriotic exercises to include Lincoln’s birthday, Washington’s birthday, Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day as provided in 79-724 R.R.S. All history courses stress contributions of all ethnic groups in the development and growth of America.
 
92 NAC 10 § 003.05, Title 92 Rule 10 Section 004.04b2

https://www.education.ne.gov/legal/webrulespdf/CLEANRule10_2015.pdf
 
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Nebraska Social Studies Standards (grade-level standards for K-5, grade-cluster standards for middle school and high school) include a strand of standards for Forms and Functions of Government and for Civic Participation. The purpose of the standards “is to teach children to become young patriots who have an intellectual understanding of the genius of our country’s founding principles and who feel an emotional connection to our nation. Achieving this purpose requires teaching Nebraska students to become responsible citizens who are prepared to preserve, protect and defend freedom in our nation and in the world.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: identifying citizenship skills (e.g. responsibility, justice, equality and voting), describing how various individuals and groups influence the way an issue affecting the state is viewed and resolved (e.g., lobbying, petitions, media, social media) (grade 4), and engaging in civic activities (e.g., discussing current issues, advocating for personal rights and the rights of others, influencing governmental actions, participating in civil discourse, registering for selective service, participating in community improvement activities, service learning) (high school).
Nebraska Social Studies Standards (2012)

https://www.education.ne.gov/SS/Documents/2012December7VerticalNE_SocialStudiesStandardsApproved.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education The Nebraska Department of Education Standards Instructional Tool provides materials and resources aligned to the Nebraska Social Studies Standards, which have a strand of standards for Forms and Functions of Government and for Civic Participation. Resources and materials, not additional content examples, are provided for civics-related standards. Nebraska Department of Education Standards Instructional Tool

https://sites.google.com/a/education.ne.gov/nde-standards-instructional-tool/ss/civics

https://sites.google.com/a/education.ne.gov/nde-standards-instructional-tool/ss/civics
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A 79-760.03
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A

79-760.06
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies School boards are directed to establish committees on Americanism to approve texts appropriate for teaching U.S. history and civil government. This statute also requires "In at least two grades of every high school, at least three periods per week shall be devoted to the teaching of civics, during which courses specific attention shall be given to the following matters: (a) The United States Constitution and the Constitution of Nebraska; (b) The benefits and advantages of our form of government and the dangers and fallacies of Nazism, Communism, and similar ideologies; and (c) The duties of citizenship, including active participation in the improvement of a citizen's community, state, country, and world and the value and practice of civil discourse between opposing interests." Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-724
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies The elementary and middle school social studies curriculum "includes experiences drawn from geography, history, economics, government, citizenship, career awareness, human relations, current affairs, and cultural studies."

Minimum requirements for instructional programs in grades 9-12 include "Social Science - 40 instructional units. The curriculum includes content drawn from American and world history, geography, economics, civics, government and citizenship and may also include content from other social science areas such as sociology, psychology, and anthropology. This includes instruction in the U. S. and Nebraska Constitutions, the benefits and advantages of our government, the dangers of Nazism, Communism, and similar ideologies, the duties of citizenship and the appropriate patriotic exercises to include Lincoln's birthday, Washington's birthday, Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day as provided in 79-724 R. R. S. All history courses stress contributions of all ethnic groups in the development and growth of America."
92 NAC 10 §004.02A3 and §004.03A4, 92 NAC 10 §04.04B2

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