Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Oregon

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? 3 units of credit in history, civics, geography and economics. In addition, high school students must be assessed by districts and public charter schools for proficiency in the Essential Skills in order to be eligible for a diploma. The Essential Skills are cross-academic process skills, embedded in the content standards, and include "Demonstrate civic and community engagement." OAR 581-022-1130
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Oregon Social Sciences Academic Content Standards (grade-level standards for K-8, grade-cluster standards for high school) include a strand of standards for Civics and Government. The document also provides “Core Standards” (the knowledge and skills expected of a prepared Oregon high school graduate) for Civics and Government. According to the standards, “studying the Social Sciences helps students develop as rational, humane and productive citizens in a democratic society.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: demonstrating the ability to be both a leader and a team member (grade 1), describing the responsibilities of citizens in their community and state (grade 3), and explaining the responsibilities of citizens (e.g., vote, pay taxes) (high school).
The Oregon Social Sciences Academic Content Standards (2011)

http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/subjects/socialscience/standards/adoptedsocialsciencesstandards8-2011.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education N/A. However the Department of Education provides other standards-based resources including: instructional materials and “possible organizing structures” for defining the scope and sequence of study. Social Sciences Standards-Based Resources

http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1738

Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies The Department of Education shall develop the statewide assessment system for all students that shall include...history, geography, economics and civics. In addition, school districts and public charter schools may implement the statewide assessment system in history, geography, economics and civics.
329.485
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A ORS 329.485
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies In addition to providing for rigorous academic content standards and instruction in civics, among other subjects, the public school system is characterized as providing "students an educational background to the end that they will function successfully in a constitutional republic, a participatory democracy and a multicultural nation and world;" and providing "students with the knowledge and skills that will provide the opportunities to succeed in the world of work, as members of families and as citizens." ORS 329.025
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies State regulations require students receive character education defined as “the process of helping student develop and practice the core ethical values that our diverse society shares and holds important. These values include, but are not limited to, respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, justice and fairness, and civic virtue and citizenship.” OAR 51-021-0200

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