Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - South 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 or more of social studies that include a minimum of the following: (a) One unit of U.S. history; (b) One-half unit of U.S. government; (c) One-half unit of geography; and (d) One-half unit of world history."  ARSD 24:43:11:02
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The South Dakota Social Studies Content Standards (grade-level standards for K-8, grade-cluster standards for high school) include a strand of standards for Civics/Government. The goal of the standards is “to ensure graduates of South Dakota’s public schools have the knowledge, skills, and competencies essential to leading productive, fulfilling, and successful lives as they continue their education, enter the workforce, and assume their civic responsibilities.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: understanding the ways in which a citizen can use their basic rights to influence decisions of the republic by explaining how democracy relies upon citizens’ responsible participation, and drawing implications for how individuals should participate (grade 5), analyzing ways that citizens can affect or influence the U.S. society and government (grade 8), and assessing options for action to address local, regional, and global problems by volunteer engagement (high school).
South Dakota Social Studies Content Standards (2015)

http://doe.sd.gov/ContentStandards/documents/SDSocialS.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education N/A
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies Students are assessed in social studies through the Stanford 10 Abbreviated test in grades 3-8 and 11.
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 In all public and nonpublic schools located within the state there shall be given regular courses of instruction in the Constitutions of the United States and the State of South Dakota. Such instruction shall begin not later than the opening of the eighth grade and shall continue in the high school to an extent to be determined by the South Dakota Board of Education."

"Unless the governing body elects, by resolution, effective for not less than one or more than four school terms, to do otherwise, character development instruction shall be given in all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools in the state to impress upon the minds of the students the importance of citizenship, patriotism, honesty, self discipline, self respect, sexual abstinence, respect for the contributions of minority and ethnic groups to the heritage of South Dakota, regard for the elderly, and respect for authority."

Content standards in social studies are required.
SDCL 13-33-4 & SDCL 13-33-6.1, SDCL 13-3-48
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Requires students to complete 3 credits of social studies for high school graduation. Courses include United States history, United States government, .5 unit of geography, .5 unit world history. SD Admin. R. 24:43:11:04

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