What We’re Reading: New Civics Education Report from ECS
The Civics Education Initiative 2015-2016
In 2015, the Joe Foss Institute launched the Civics Education Initiative to promote civic education for students across the United States. Since its introduction, 12 states have passed the Initiative, with Arizona being the first to enact the legislation that requires high school students to pass the United States Citizenship Civics Test to graduate. In addition to the Civics Education Initiative, states have developed different methods to promote civic learning and to test the civic knowledge of their student populations.
A new Education Trends report from Education Commission of the States, The Civics Education Initiative 2015-2016, explores the Civics Education Initiative and provides an update on 2015-2016 legislation.
“Civic knowledge and skills can provide students with the tools they need to not only engage in civic issues, but to also connect and apply democratic principles to personal experiences,” said Paul Baumann, the director of the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement at Education Commission of the States. “This report looks at the impacts of civic education and how states across the country engage students in civic learning.”
Some key takeaways from this report:
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