Civic Education Policies: State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies

Civic Education Policies: State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies

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
Alabama Among the requirements for receiving an Alabama high school diploma is passing the social studies subject-area test of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.
Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-4-2-.02
Alaska N/A Statewide Assessment System: 4 AAC 06.710, 4 AAC 06.737
Arizona In order to graduate from high school, "a pupil must correctly answer at least sixty of the one hundred questions listed on a test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States citizenship and immigration services."  ARS §15-701.01
Arkansas The Department shall develop and implement criterion-referenced assessments to include social studies as funds are available and approved by the State Board of Education.

For all grades, "Science, civics, and government shall be measured on a schedule as determined by the state board."
005 19 CARR 006
AR ADC 005.01.17.5.02.1

ACA § 6-15-433
ACA § 6-15-404
California The standards-based achievement tests include assessments in history/social science. 60642.5
Colorado The department of education, in collaboration local education providers, shall administer state assessments in social studies to a representative sample of students enrolled in public elementary, middle and high schools each year. 22-7-1006.3 State Assessments--administration--rules
Connecticut N/A 10-14n and http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2748&Q=334726
Delaware The Department shall administer both accountability and growth assessments of student achievement in grades 3-8 and additional grades as determined by the department. Science and social studies shall be assessed for students at least once in the elementary grades, at least once in the middle grades and at least once in high school.
The Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA) may include general assessments for science and social studies
14 Del. C. §151
DE ADC 14-101
District of Columbia N/A § 38-1800.02, §38-771.01
Florida End of course assessments in civics shall be administered to students enrolled in such courses as specified in the course code directory. §1008.22 (3)(b)
Georgia Each local school system may elect to administer, with state funding, nationally norm-referenced instruments in reading, mathematics, science, or social studies in grade three, four, or five and in grade six, seven, or eight.The State Board of Education shall review, revise, and upgrade the quality core curriculum. Following the adoption of this revised curriculum, the State Board of Education shall contract for development of criterion-referenced competency tests to measure the quality core curriculum. Such tests in English and language arts, mathematics, and reading shall be administered annually to students in grades one through eight, and such tests in science and social studies shall be administered annually to students in grades three through eight.

As part of the comprehensive summative assessment program, end-of-grade assessments in social studies shall be administered annually to students in grades five and eight.

End-of-course assessments are required in grades 9-12 for all core subjects, as determined by the state board. Those core subjects include social studies, including civic competence.
O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 160-4-2-.13
Hawaii The Educational Accountability System requires an annual statewide assessment program that provides a report card containing trend data on several key areas, including performance indicators related to civic responsibility. HRS §302A-1004
Idaho Students are "must show they have met the state civics and government standards for such instruction through the successful completion of the civics test or alternate path established by the local school district or charter school that shows the student has met the standards." The civics test is the 100 questions used for the United States citizenship and immigration exam. Id. Stat. Ann. 33-1602(7)
Illinois N/A State goals and assessment: 5/2-3.64a-5
Indiana Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) program shall be administered in social studies in grade levels to be determined by the state board.

A school that participates in the ISTEP program shall administer the social studies test in grades 5 and 7.
Title 511, Article 6.2 School Performance and Growth: Accountability

IC 20-32-5-2

511 IAC 5-2-3
Iowa N/A
 
Kansas The state board shall provide for statewide assessments in the core academic areas of mathematics, science, reading, writing and social studies. Such assessments shall be administered at three grade levels, as determined by the board.
KSA § 72-6479
Kentucky The state student assessments may include formative and summative tests that measure individual student achievement in the academic core content areas of language, reading, English, mathematics, science and social studies at designated grades.

The state student assessments to be implemented in the 2011-2012 academic year include a criterion-referenced test in science and social studies to be administered once in elementary, middle and high school.
KRS 158:6453
KRS 158:6453
http://education.ky.gov/AA/Assessments/Documents/Kentucky%20State-Level%20Assessments%202016-17.pdf
Louisiana Given at grade 11, the Graduation Exit Examination is defined as "criterion-referenced tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies assess student performance relative to specific benchmarks established in the state's content standards and provide data for evaluating student, school, and district performance. These high-stakes tests require high school students to meet established achievement levels to be eligible to receive a high school diploma."

The Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) assesses social studies skills at grades 4 and 8, based on the standards.

Standards-based assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies based on state content standards and rigorous student achievement standards shall be implemented by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Such tests shall be administered, at a minimum, in grades three through eleven.
GEE 21
LAC 28:CXI.107
La. R.S. 17:24.4
Maine N/A 20-A M.R.S.A. § 6202
Maryland The State Board and the State Superintendent shall implement assessment programs in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies that include written responses.The following assessments are administered annually: At the middle school level, a statewide, comprehensive, grade band assessment program that measures the learning gains of each public school student towards achieving mastery of the standards set forth in the common core curricula or the State's adopted curricula for the core content areas of reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies. At the high school level, a statewide, standardized, end-of- course assessment that is aligned with and that measures each public school student's skills and knowledge of the State's adopted curricula for the core content areas of reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies;
Md. Code Ann. Educ. §§ 5-401, 7-203
Massachusetts Social science and history are included in the areas of student achievement that are to be assessed. M.G.L.A. 69 § 1I
Michigan The Michigan educational assessment program and the Michigan merit examination are based on the state recommended model core curriculum content standards. The recommended model core academic curriculum content standards shall set forth learning objectives in math, science, reading, history, geography, economics, American government, and writing for all children at each stage of schooling.

MCL 380.1278
Minnesota All high school students must take a basic civics test. The test is based on 50 of 100 questions found in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services exam. The civics exam is a graduation required task, but will not prevent a student from earning a diploma.

 
M.S.A. § 120B.02
Mississippi Civic competencies are assessed through the Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) in the "U.S. history from 1877" end-of-course assessment.

Students "must pass all required Subject Area Tests in U.S. History from 1877."

U.S. History end of course assessments are required for graduation, per the Subject Area Test Program.
SATP
Miss. Admin. Code 7-109
Missouri Any student attending a public, charter, or private school must pass a civics exam in order to graduate high school. The test draws questions from the United States citizenship and immigration exam. Questions included in this exam may be included in other examinations on topics such as American history, the United States Constitution, or American institutions in addition to others. Mo. Rev. Stat. s. 170.345
Montana N/A Mont. Admin. R. 10.56.101
Nebraska N/A 79-760.03
Nevada N/A 390.105
New Hampshire All students must pass, "a locally developed competency assessment of United States government and civics that includes, but is not limited to, the nature, purpose, structure, function, and history of the United States government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and noteworthy government and civic leaders, shall be administered to students as part of the high school course in history and government of the United States and New Hampshire." The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam may satisfy this requirement.  NH Rev. Stat. s. 189.11
New Jersey N/A 18A:7C-1
New Mexico Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, a student shall not receive a New Mexico diploma of excellence if the student has not demonstrated competence in the subject areas of mathematics, reading and language arts, writing, social studies and science, including a section on the constitution of the United States and the constitution of New Mexico, based on a standards-based assessment or assessments or a portfolio of standards-based indicators established by the department by rule." N.M. State. Ann. §22.13.1.1 L
22-13-1.1N
New York Social studies is tested in the 5th and 8th grades as well as in high school.

Achievement of the state learning standards in each of the seven general curriculum areas (including social studies) is assessed.
8 NYCRR § 100.1
North Carolina The State Board of Education shall require that any high school level curriculum-based tests developed and administered statewide beginning with academic year 1990-91 include questions related to the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and its amendments, and the most important of the Federalist papers.

16 N.C.A.C. 6D.0503.e.2B

NCGSA 115C-81

115C-174.11
North Dakota If a student is enrolled in the twelfth grade during the 2016-2017 school year, that student must, as a condition of receiving a high school diploma, correctly answer at least sixty percent of the questions on the United States citizenship and immigration services ‘civics test.’ 15.1-21-27 High school graduation requirement--civics test
Ohio The state board of education, the superintendent of public instruction, and the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents shall develop a system of college and work ready assessments to assess whether each student upon graduating from high school is ready to enter college or the workforce. Such college and work ready assessments shall include a series of end-of-course examinations in the areas of science, mathematics, English language arts, American history, and American government selected jointly by the state superintendent and the chancellor in consultation with faculty in the appropriate subject areas at institutions of higher education of the university system of Ohio.

Not later than July 1, 2013, each school district board of education shall adopt interim end-of-course examinations to assess mastery of American history and American government standards. Each high school in the district shall use the interim examinations until the state superintendent and chancellor select such end-of-course examinations in American history and American government.

Not later than July 1, 2014, the state superintendent and the chancellor shall select the end-of-course examinations in American history and American government. The end-of-course examinations in American history and American government shall require demonstration of mastery of the American history and American government content for social studies standards.
§ 3301.0712
Oklahoma Criterion-referenced tests for third through eighth grade include grade five: "social studies, which shall consist of the history, Constitution and government of the United States, and geography," and grade eight "social studies, which shall consist of the history, Constitution, and government of the United States."

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Board shall administer assessments in United States History at least once between grades 9 and 12. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the statewide student assessment system shall include assessments in United States History at least once between grades 9 and 12.


1210.508
Oregon The Department of Education shall develop the statewide assessment system for all students that shall include...history, geography, economics and civics. In addition, school districts and public charter schools may implement the statewide assessment system in history, geography, economics and civics.
329.485
Pennsylvania N/A
Rhode Island N/A 16-97-8
South Carolina Standards based assessment of social studies must be administered to all public school students in grades three through eight.
§ 59-18-320.B
South Dakota Students are assessed in social studies through the Stanford 10 Abbreviated test in grades 3-8 and 11.
Tennessee “Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, in conjunction with the social studies curriculum, all school districts shall implement a project-based assessment in civics at least once in grades four through eight and at least once in grades nine through twelve. The assessments shall be developed by the school district and designed to measure the civics learning objectives contained in the social studies curriculum and to demonstrate understanding and relevance of public policy, the structure of federal, state and local governments and both the Tennessee and the United States constitutions.”


The student evaluation program for grades kindergarten through grade 8 includes "A norm-referenced test in grades 3 through 8 in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies." 

Additionally, high school students, "shall be given a United States civics test composed of questions from the one hundred (100) questions that are set forth within the civics test administered by the United States citizenship and immigration services to persons seeking to become naturalized citizens."
 
Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1028, Tenn. Admin. Code R. 0520-01-03-.03, Tenn. Code Ann. s. 49-6-408
Texas Students in grade 8 are required to show competency in social studies.

TEC § 39.022
Utah State law requires any student must pass a basic civics test in order to graduate from high school. Test must include 50 of 100 questions drawn from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services exam. Utah Rev. Stat. s. 53A-13-109.5
Vermont N/A
Virginia Students are required to take Standards of Learning assessments in grades K-8, which include history and social sciences. However, State Board of Education recommends students failing assessments in these subject areas not be held back in grades K-8.

Students promoted from eighth grade to high school should have attained basic mastery in the areas of history and social science.

8VAC20-131-30
Washington Districts are required to have in place assessments or other strategies, including classroom-based assessments, to assure that students have an opportunity to learn the essential academic learning requirements in social studies."Districts must require that students in the 7th or 8th grade and the 11th or 12th grade complete at least one classroom-based assessment in civics, a requirement which will apply to students in the 4th or 5th grades beginning with the 2010-11 school year.
Rev. Code Wash. § 28A.230.095
West Virginia N/A
Wisconsin Forward Exam tests students in social studies at grades 4, 8 and 10. Test content focuses on content from the five social studies content standards. ​Forward Exam
http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward



 
Wyoming 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

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