Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - West Virginia

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? Graduation requirements include 4 credits in social studies: World Studies to 1900, United States Studies to 1900, Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Studies, Civics for the 21st Century. W. Va. CSR §126-042 Chart V [C]
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education West Virginia’s College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Social Studies (grade-level standards) include a strand of standards for Civics. The goal of the strand is to prepare “students to be informed, active and effective citizens who accept their responsibilities, understand their privileges and rights and participate actively in society and government. Civics addresses both citizenship and political systems. Citizenship education prepares students to be informed, active and effective citizens who accept their responsibilities, understand their privileges and rights and participate actively in society and government.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: modeling patriotism, cooperation, tolerance and respect for others within school and community (grade 1), illustrating the rights, responsibilities, duties, and privileges of a patriotic citizen within authentic situations (e.g., election, food drive, jury duty, etc.) and defending these actions as examples or non-examples of good citizenship (grade 5), and comparing and contrast various citizens’ responses to controversial government actions and debate decisions (grade 11).
West Virginia Standards for College and Career Readiness in Social Studies (2016)

http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/readfile.aspx?DocId=29936&Format=PDF

http://wveis.k12.wv.us/Teach21/public/ng_cso/NG_CSO.cfm?tsele1=3&tsele2=50
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education N/A. The Teach 21 Instructional Guides based on West Virginia’s College and Career Readiness Standards do not yet include guides for Social Studies..
Teach 21 Instructional Guides for Social Studies

https://wvde.state.wv.us/instructionalguides/
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 In all public, private, parochial and denominational schools located within this state, there shall be given prior to the completion of the eighth grade at least one year of instruction in the history of the State of West Virginia. The schools shall require regular courses of instruction by the completion of the twelfth grade in the history of the United States, in civics, in the Constitution of the United States, and in the government of the State of West Virginia for the purpose of teaching, fostering and perpetuating the ideals, principles and spirit of political and economic democracy in America and increasing the knowledge of the organization and machinery of the government of the United States and of the State of West Virginia."

The state Board of Education is required to "establish a comprehensive approach to integrate character education into school culture," functions and curriculum, and to require all P-12 public schools to integrate character education into their existing curriculum. Schools may incorporate any program that encompasses any of a series of components, including citizenship and voting.
W. Va. Code § 18-2-9(a) & W. Va. Code § 18-2-13(a-b)
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Goals of the West Virginia Board of Education include "All students and school personnel shall develop and promote responsibility, citizenship, strong character and healthful living." W. Va. CSR § 126-13-2.5.3

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