Civic Education Initiative
Ensure that every student is provided a high-caliber civic education from kindergarten through high school graduation.
The primary laws and regulations for civic education are:
See the complete list of social studies laws and regulations.
- Enhancing the rigor of social studies disciplines (civics, economics, geography, and history);
- Building critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills
for engaged citizenship; and
- Aligning social studies academic programs to the Common Core State
Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
- Classroom instruction on government, history, law, and democracy
- Discussion of current events and controversial issues
- Service learning
- Extracurricular activities
- School governance
- Simulations of democratic processes
Learn more about the six proven practices:
Learn about the many ways our schools, our communities, and the Washington State Legislature support civic education.
- Schools: AP+ American Government Course, Capitol Classroom, Civic Action Project (CAP), iCivics, MicroSociety, Inc., National History Day, Project Citizen, Raising Student Voice and Participation (RSVP), Since Time Immemorial, Street Law, We the People, Youth Ambassadors, Youth Courts
- Communities: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Association of
Washington Student Leaders (AWSL), Council on Public Legal Education (CPLE),
4H Know Your Government, League of Women Voters (LWV) of Washington State,
National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Washington,
Washington State Council for the Social Studies (WSCSS), YMCA Youth &
- Legislature: Civics Graduation Requirement, Daniel J. Evans Civic
Education Awards, Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP),
Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program,
Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC), OSPI-Developed Classroom-Based
Assessments, Temperance and Good Citizenship Day, Washington K-12 Social
Studies Learning Standards
Citizens interested in helping build this list of examples of effective civic education may contact OSPI Social Studies at 360-725-6351.
Learn more about Washington’s annual civic observances.
Civic Education Showcase
Students make a difference in the civic life of their schools and communities. DC Bully Busters is a shining example of putting civic knowledge into action.