Civic Education Policies: State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies

Civic Education Policies: State accountability system includes 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 N/A School grading systems: 16-6C-2
Alaska N/A Alaska School Performance Index: 4 AAC 06.812
Arizona N/A School, charter school and school district accountability; annual achievement profiles, etc: ARS §15-241
Arkansas N/A Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability program: §6-15-4

Rules governing school accountability: 005.01.17-8.0
California History-Social Science assessment results from the are included in the School Accountability Report Card. CA Ed. Code 33126
Colorado N/A Performance Indicators: Measures -- 22-11-204
Connecticut N/A §10-223e
Delaware N/A CDR 14-103.5
DE ADC 14-103
District of Columbia N/A
Florida Student performance in social studies is included in annual school report cards. School grades are based on a number of components, including the percentage of eligible students passing statewide, standardized assessments in social studies. Fla. Stat. §1008.34
Georgia The Single Statewide Accountability System, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, indicates that the Georgia Milestone assessment as well as the end-of-course assessments (including social studies) are included in the accountability system.

GA ADC 160-7-1-.01
Hawaii The Educational Accountability System involves an annual statewide assessment program that provides a report card containing trend data on school, school complex, and system performance at selected benchmark grade levels with performance indicators in areas relating to student achievement, safety and well-being, and civic responsibility. The accountability system shall assess and track measures of academic achievement, safety and well-being and civic responsibility of individual students. It also includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of complex area superintendents and principals in supporting several issues, including students’ civic responsibility. HRS §302A-1004
Idaho N/A School Accountability Report Card- 33-4501
Illinois N/A 5/2-3.25a
Indiana N/A IC 20-31-8-1
Iowa A school or school district shall collect data on the following indicators for reporting purposes: The percentage of high school graduates who complete a core program of four years of English-language arts and three or more years each of mathematics, science, and social studies. ITBS
281-12.8(256) Accountability for Student Achievement
Kansas N/A
Kentucky School report cards include rankings on the basis of Kentucky Core Content Test scores, including social studies. 158.6455, 158.6454, 158.6453, 703 KAR 5:140
Louisiana Schools and districts receive a school/district performance score calculated using assessment results, which include social studies, as well as attendance and dropout rates. LSA-R.S.17:10.1(School/District Accountability)

LSA-R.S. 17:391.3 (Educational Accountability)
Maine N/A 20-A M.R.S.A. § 6214
Maryland The education accountability program includes educational goals, objectives, and assessments for several subject areas, including social studies. 7-203 Program of Educational Accountability
Massachusetts Assessments in history and social science, among other subjects, are one of the gauges used to evaluate the performance of both public school districts and individual schools. M.G.L.A. 69 §
Michigan For a public school that operates any of grades 9 to 12, overall proficiency as measured on the social studies portions of the M-STEP is included as a measure of academic proficiency. M.C.L.A. 380.390
Minnesota N/A M.S.A. § 120B.31
Mississippi Subject Area Testing Program results are used for accountability purposes. SATP
37-151-9 Office of Educational Accountability
37-3-53 Public School Reporting System
Miss. Admin. Code 7-1-10:I-2 Summary of Implementation Status for Required Elements of State Accountability Systems
Missouri Within the school accountability report card, student achievement is measured in part through the statewide assessment system (which includes testing in american history and forms of government) 160.522
Montana N/A 20-7-104
Nebraska N/A

Nevada N/A 385.6
New Hampshire Social studies is part of the input-based school accountability standards 193-E:3-b
New Jersey N/A 18A:7A-10 New Jersey Single Accountability Continuum
New Mexico N/A 22-2C-4
New York N/A 8 NYCRR 100.18 and 100.2
North Carolina N/A North Carolina State Board of Education Policy GCS-C-020

School-based management and accountability program: 115C-105
North Dakota N/A
Ohio District and school report cards include achievement test passage rates in social studies. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §3302.03
Oklahoma N/A 1210.531
Oregon N/A ORS 329.485
Pennsylvania N/A
Rhode Island N/A
South Carolina The school and district ratings reported in the South Carolina Annual School and District Report Cards (required by the Education Accountability Act of 1998) are calculated with student performance results on state assessments, which include social studies assessments. § 59-18-320
South Dakota N/A
Tennessee N/A
Texas State assessment results are incorporated into school accountability measures including social studies assessments required of students in grade 8. TEC § 39.022
Utah N/A Utah Code Ann. 53A-1104
Vermont N/A
Virginia Test scores for history and social science are incorporated into school accreditation benchmarks for accountability purposes. Fully accredited schools will have over 70% students receiving passing grades on history and social science exams. 8VAC20-131-300
Washington N/A Accountability requirements found in WAC 180-17
West Virginia N/A
Wisconsin N/A
Wyoming N/A

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