Civics Requirement for the Class of 2016 and Beyond
In 2009 the Washington State Legislature directed that students of Washington receive an education in civics by passing House Bill 2132 (codified in RCW 28A.230.093). The Legislature specified that the content of the civics requirement must include, but not be limited to:
Can civics be embedded in another social studies course?
How will the civics graduation requirement be tracked?
It’s up to districts to track how graduation requirements are met. Some districts may choose to teach civics as a separate course that would show up on the student’s transcript. Or, if civics is embedded, include civics in the title of the course. Districts may use an internal method of tracking graduation requirements such as using a local Student Information System, or the student’s High School and Beyond Plan (see the High School & Beyond Plan FAQ, and Career Guidance Washington). If a student transfers in high school, the receiving school may need to contact the originating high school for clarification on what graduation requirements have been met (see the Washington State Standardized High School Transcript FAQ).
What are ways for Washington teachers to provide strong civics instruction?
According to Guardian of Democracy: Successor Report to the Civic Mission of Schools, there are six proven practices for enhancing civic education:
Additional ResourcesLegislature—Civic Education (http://leg.wa.gov/civiced/Pages/default.aspx)
Center for Civic Education (http://www.civiced.org/)
Washington State Elections—Voter Education (http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/)
National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement (http://www.ecs.org/html/ProjectsPartners/nclc/nclc_main.htm)
Department of Education Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy (http://www.ed.gov/civic-learning)