Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Texas

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 performance on the grade 11 exit exam in social studies is a prerequisite for high school graduation. 

Requirements under the Minimum high school program include: "Social studies--two and one-half credits. The credits must consist of World History Studies (one credit) or World Geography Studies (one credit), United States History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit), and United States Government (one-half credit)." 

Requirements under the Recommended High School Program and the Distinguished Achievement Program include: "Social studies--three and one-half credits. The credits must consist of World History Studies (one credit), World Geography Studies (one credit), United States History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit), and United States Government (one-half credit)." 
TEC §39.023-025, 19 TAC §74.11,19 TAC §74.12 and 19 TAC §74.13 
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies (grade-specific standards for K-8, course-specific standards for high school) include a strand of standards for Government and Citizenship for K-8 and in some high school social studies courses.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: understanding the impact of individual and group decisions on communities in a constitutional republic (grade 3), understanding the importance of the expression of different points of view in a democratic society (grade 7), and understanding the importance of voluntary individual participation in the U.S. constitutional republic (high school, United States Government course).
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies (2011)

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/index.html

19 TAC 113
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 in grade 8 are required to show competency in social studies.

TEC § 39.022
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies State assessment results are incorporated into school accountability measures including social studies assessments required of students in grade 8. TEC § 39.022
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Foundation Curriculum requirements include Social studies, consisting of Texas, U.S. and world history, government, geography and economics. A primary purpose of the public school curriculum is to "prepare thoughtful, active citizens who understand the importance of patriotism and can function productively in a free enterprise society with appreciation for the basic democratic values of our state and national heritage."

Objective 5 of the Public Education Mission and Objectives states: "Educators will prepare students to be thoughtful, active citizens who have an appreciation for the basic values of our state and national heritage and who can understand and productively function in a free enterprise society."
TEC §28.002 & TEC §4.001
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies State administrative code includes learning standards for social studies, history, and government by grade. Coursework aims to teach students “ principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels.” Code also includes standards for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 2.113

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