Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Wyoming

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 3 school years of social studies, including history, American government and economic systems and institutions. 

"All schools and colleges in this state that are supported in any manner by public funds shall give instruction in the essentials of the United States constitution and the constitution of the state of Wyoming, including the study of and devotion to American institution and ideals, and no student shall receive a high school diploma, associate degree or baccalaureate degree without satisfactorily passing an examination on the principles of the constitution of the United States and the state of Wyoming. The instruction shall be given for at least three (3) years in kindergarten through grade eight (8) and for one (1) year each in the secondary and college grades."
 
Wyo. Stat. § 21-2-304

WCWR 005-000-031 § 9.b
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The Wyoming Social Studies Content and Performance Standards (grade-cluster standards) include a strand of standards for “Citizenship, Government, and Democracy.” The goal of the strand is for students “to analyze how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance to understand the continuing evolution of governments and to demonstrate civic responsibility.” In order to receive a high school diploma, instruction in civics/government must be given for at least three years in kindergarten through grade 8 and one year in the secondary grades.

Sample standards/benchmarks include: describing the basic rights and responsibilities of citizenship (by the end of grade 5), explaining how to participate in the political process (by the end of grade 8), and explaining and/or demonstrating how to participate in the political process and form personal opinions (by the end of grade 12).
Wyoming Social Studies Content and Performance Standards (2014)


https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/standards/2015/2014-SS-WyCPS-FINAL.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 in schools and colleges supported by public funds must pass an examination on the principles of the United States constitution and the constitution of the state of Wyoming. WYO. STAT. ANN. § 21-9-102
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 School districts are required to provide educational programs sufficient to meet content and performance standards established by the State Board of Education for, among other things, government and civics. 

State requires all schools and colleges supported by “public funds shall give instruction in the essentials of the United States constitution and the constitution of the state of Wyoming, including the study of and devotion to American institution and ideals, and no student shall receive a high school diploma, associate degree or baccalaureate degree without satisfactorily passing an examination on the principles of the constitution of the United States and the state of Wyoming.”
WYO. STAT. ANN.§ 21-9-101, WYO. STAT. ANN. § 21-9-102
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies For graduation, students are required to demonstrate competency in core subjects including social studies and government and civics including state and federal constitutions. Wyo. Rules Chap. 31 § 7(a)

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