Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Nevada

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? Satisfactory completion of courses in American government and American history is required for graduation. ().

 
NAC 389.511, NRS 385.080, 110, NRS 389.0185, 520 NRS 389.035
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Revised Nevada State Social Studies Standards (grade-level standards for grades K-5, grade-cluster standards for middle school and high school) include a strand of standards for Citizenship and the Law. According to the standards, “democracy requires active participation. The framers of the U.S. Constitution envisioned a government strong enough to rule the nation with power derived from the people. To ensure the continuation of our complex and dynamic system of government, our increasingly diverse society must rely on the knowledge and skills of our citizens and elected public officials. Students study our political system including the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of governments at the local, state, tribal, and national levels, as well as the rights and responsibilities of a citizen.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: discussing that democracy involved voting, majority rule, and setting rules (grade 3), identifying and explaining the rights, privileges, and responsibilities associated with Nevada and U.S. citizenship, including voting, holding office, jury duty, and military service, community service, and public service (grades 6-8), and analyzing and evaluating the role of citizen participation in civic life (grade 9-12).
The Revised Nevada State Social Studies Standards (2008)

http://www.doe.nv.gov/Standards_Instructional_Support/Nevada_Academic_Standards/SocialStudies/
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education The Nevada State Social Studies Standards is a two-in-one document that provides the standards and "a recommended scope and sequence to provide school districts and teachers with a framework that promotes the teaching of a well balanced social studies curriculum." The Department of Education website indicates that additional instructional materials are “coming soon.” Nevada State Social Studies Standards (2008)

http://www.doe.nv.gov/Standards_Instructional_Support/Nevada_Academic_Standards/SocialStudies/
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A 390.105
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A 385.6
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Instruction in American government is required, to include ,"without limitation," the "Essentials of the: (1) Constitution of the United States, including, without limitation, the Bill of Rights; (2) Constitution of the State of Nevada; and (3) Declaration of Independence; (b) Origin and history of the Constitutions; (c) Study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals, and (d) civics." Except as provided elsewhere, instruction must be provided for one year in elementary school and one year in high school.

Instruction in American history "for a period of at least 1 year" is required, to include, "without limitation," the "history of the: 1. Constitution of the United States, including, without limitation, the Bill of Rights; 2. State of Nevada, including, without limitation, the Constitution of the State of Nevada; and 3. Declaration of Independence." Must be taught in all of the public schools in the State of Nevada for at least one year.
Nev. Rev. Stat. 389.054, NRS 389.057
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Civics curriculum guidelines as follows: K-2, 3rd grade, 4th – 5th grade, 6th – 8th grade, high school. In schools where subjects are taught by different teachers, the required course of study for 7th and 8th grades includes "Social studies, which must include instruction in at least three of the following areas by completion of the eighth grade: (a) Civics. (b) Economics. (c) The history of Nevada. (d) The history of the United States. (e) The geography of the world." 
 
NAC 389.2437, NAC 389.254, NAC 389.2942, NAC 389.372, NAC 389.511.3, NAC 389.395 

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