Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Vermont

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? Each secondary school board is responsible for setting graduation requirements in accordance with these rules.
Should include: global citizenship (including the concepts of civics, economics, geography, world language, cultural studies and history)
Vermont State Board of Education
Rules Series
2000, #2120.8.7, Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-2:2120
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities in History and Social Sciences (grade-cluster standards) include a strand of standards for Civics, Government and Society. The goal of the standards is to encourage “learning that involves students' active participation in projects that address global issues of a social, political, economic, or environmental nature; and is oriented to human rights, social justice, and environmentalism at the local, regional, and global level.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: identifying the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a school and local community (by the end of grade 4),describing and defining the rights, principles, and responsibilities of citizenship in the U.S. (e.g., the right to vote and the responsibility to obey the law) (by the end of grade 6), and analyzing and evaluating changes in the interpretation of rights and responsibilities of citizenship over time (e.g., changes in voting age, changes in voting rights for women and African Americans) (by the end of high school).
The Grade Expectations for Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities - History and Social Sciences (2004)

http://education.vermont.gov/student-learning/content-areas/global-citizenship
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 N/A
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 Minimum course of study includes citizenship, history, and Vermont and U.S. government. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16 § 906
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies State curriculum requires schools to allow students to demonstrate proficiency in global citizenship including the concepts of civics, economics, geography, world language, cultural studies and history.
CVR 2120.05

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