Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - New York

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? Four units of credit in social studies, to include one unit of credit in American history and one half unit of credit in participation in government and one half unit of credit in economics or their equivalent. To qualify for a Regents or a local diploma, students must pass the Regents exam in United States History and Government.  8 NYCRR §100.5
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The New York State Social Studies Framework provides grade-level and a curriculum framework. The framework provides a strand of standards for Civic Participation.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: demonstrating respect for the rights of others in discussion and classroom debates, regardless of whether one agrees with the other viewpoint and considering alternate views in discussion, with teacher support (grade 5), identifying describing, and contrasting the role of the individual in for social and political participation as an agent of historical change in different societies and communities, as well as at different times, in the United States (grade 8), and fulfilling social and political responsibilities associated with citizenship in a democratic society and interdependent global community by developing awareness of and/or engaging in the political process (high school).
New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework (2016)

https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-framework
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education The New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework integrates the state standards and the core curriculum into a single, three-part document. It is intended to serve as a guide for local districts in developing their Social Studies curricula. Social Studies practices are identified, as well as the key ideas, conceptual understandings, and content specifications. Teachers are also provided a Social Studies Resource Toolkit and Field Guide to assist in standards-aligned instruction. New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework

https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-framework

New York State K-12 Social Studies Resource Toolkit

https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-resource-toolkit

New York State K-12 Social Studies Field Guide

https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-field-guide
 
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies Social studies is tested in the 5th and 8th grades as well as in high school.

Achievement of the state learning standards in each of the seven general curriculum areas (including social studies) is assessed.
8 NYCRR § 100.1
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A 8 NYCRR 100.18 and 100.2
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 civics is required as part of the public school course of study.

"The regents shall ensure that the course of instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve includes a component on civility, citizenship and character education." The program is meant to "instruct students on the principles of honesty, tolerance, personal responsibility, respect for others, observance of laws and rules, courtesy, dignity and other traits which will enhance the quality of their experiences in, and contributions to, the community."
NY CLS Educ §3204.3, NY CLS § 801-a
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies General school instruction requirements include instruction in New York State history and civics.

Curriculum and teaching objectives for supplementary education centers and services include improving the quality of instruction and learning in civics education by allocating grant money to schools. One of the objectives is for schools to "develop programs in civic responsibility which attempt to produce politically mature citizens who will understand the democratic form of government, are skilled in its methods and procedures and committed to its principles."
NYCRR § 100.2, NYCRR § 2302.30

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