Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - North Dakota

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? Three units of social studies, including:a. One unit of United States history;b. (1) One-half unit of United States government and one-half unit of economics; or(2) One unit of problems of democracy; andc. One unit or two one-half units of any other social studies, which may include civics, civilization, geography and history, multicultural studies, North Dakota studies, psychology, sociology, and world history. NDCC, 15.1-21-02.2
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The North Dakota Content and Achievement Standards for Social Studies (grade-level standards for K-8, grade-cluster standards for high school) include a strand of standards for Government and Citizenship. The goal of the strand is for students to “understand the development, functions, and forms of various political institutions and the role of the citizen in government and society.”  Use of the standards is not mandated but assessments may be organized around the standards.

Sample benchmarks include: identifying the roles, rights, and responsibilities of a citizen in a community (e.g., obedience to laws, the right to vote, service to the common good) (grade 3), explaining the connections between the rights and responsibilities of citizenship (e.g., voting and staying informed on issues; being tried by a jury and serving on juries; having rights and respecting the rights of others) (grade 8), and evaluating the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation (e.g., election system and process; naturalization; political activism) (high school).
North Dakota Content and Achievement Standards: Social Studies (2007)

https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/87/Soc_studies.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education  N/A. However, teacher resource guides and textbooks tied to the standards and tied to civics education are provided for grades 4, 8, and high school by the North Dakota Studies Project. North Dakota Studies: 4th grade, 8th grade and high school resources

http://www.ndstudies.org/about.html

North Dakota Studies: Civic Education


http://www.ndstudies.org/civics-education.html
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies If a student is enrolled in the twelfth grade during the 2016-2017 school year, that student must, as a condition of receiving a high school diploma, correctly answer at least sixty percent of the questions on the United States citizenship and immigration services ‘civics test.’ 15.1-21-27 High school graduation requirement--civics test
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A
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 N/A

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