Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - South Carolina

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? Requirements for earning a South Carolina High School diploma include 3 units of social studies: 1 unit in U.S. History and Constitution, 0.5 unit in U.S. Government, 0.5 unit in economics and 1 unit in other social studies course(s). In addition, "The student must pass a classroom examination on the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist papers, and American institutions and ideals. This instruction must be given for a period of at least one year or its equivalent, either within the required course U.S. History and Constitution or within another course." S.C. Code Regs. 43-234
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The theme of the South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards (grade-cluster standards for K-8, course-specific standards for high school) is civic education. Though the standards are not organized in strands, civics content is embedded throughout and can also be found in the grade-level and course-specific “Social Studies Literacy Skills for the 21st Century” (overarching skills required for content understanding). If the standards are met, students should exhibit certain civics skills such as: practicing responsible citizenship within their schools, community and state (by the end of grade 3), demonstrating responsible citizenship within local, state and national communities (by the end of grade 5), understanding responsible citizenship in relation to the state, national, and international communities (by the end of grade 8), and, modeling informed participatory citizenship (by the end of grade 12).

Sample standards/benchmarks supporting these civics skills include: demonstrating an understanding of the values that American democracy represents and upholds (Kindergarten), and demonstrating an understanding of foundational American political principles and the historical events and philosophical ideas that shaped the development and application of these principles (high school, United States Government).
South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards (2011)

http://ed.sc.gov/scdoe/assets/file/agency/ccr/Standards-Learning/documents/FINALAPPROVEDSSStandardsAugust182011.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education The South Carolina Academic Standards are accompanied by instructional support documents and resources for each grade and course that provide additional context to the standards, including what the students should know before entering and after exiting the grade or course as well as guidelines for assessment. South Carolina Department of Education Support Documents and Resources

http://ed.sc.gov/instruction/standards-learning/social-studies/resources/
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies Standards based assessment of social studies must be administered to all public school students in grades three through eight.
§ 59-18-320.B
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies 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
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies Instruction in essentials of the Constitution is required to be given for at least one year of high school. S.C. Code Ann. §59-29-130
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A

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