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Social Studies

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Relevant Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

RCW 28A.230.060 – Waiver of course of study in Washington’s history and government.
Students in the 12th grade who have not completed a course of study in Washington’s history and state government because of previous residence outside the state may have the requirement of RCW 28A.230.090 waived by their principal.

WAC 392-410-120Washington State History and Government Requirements.
Grades 1-6. A one-semester course -- i.e., 90 (50 minute) hours of instruction -- or its equivalent in Washington state history and government shall be required in the common schools in grades one through six combined, but not at each grade level.

Grades 7-12. A one-semester course -- i.e., 90 (50 minute) hours of instruction -- or its equivalent in Washington state history and government shall be required in the common schools in grades seven through twelve combined, but not at each grade level. Such course shall include a study of the Washington state Constitution and is encouraged to include information on the culture, history, and government of the American Indian people who were the first inhabitants of the state.

RCW 28A.230.095 -- Essential academic learning requirements and assessments — Verification reports.
By the end of the 2008-09 school year, school districts shall have in place in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools assessments or other strategies chosen by the district to assure that students have an opportunity to learn the essential academic learning requirements in Social Studies, the arts, and health and fitness. Social studies includes history, geography, civics, economics, and Social Studies skills. Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, school districts shall annually submit an implementation verification report to the office of the superintendent of public instruction. The office of the superintendent of public instruction may not require school districts to use a classroom-based assessment in Social Studies, the arts, and health and fitness to meet the requirements of this section and shall clearly communicate to districts their option to use other strategies chosen by the district.

Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, school districts shall require students in the seventh or eighth grade, and the eleventh or twelfth grade to each complete at least one classroom-based assessment in civics. Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, school districts shall require students in the fourth or fifth grade to complete at least one classroom-based assessment in civics. The civics assessment may be selected from a list of classroom-based assessments approved by the office of the superintendent of public instruction. Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, school districts shall annually submit implementation verification reports to the office of the superintendent of public instruction documenting the use of the classroom-based assessments in civics.

Verification reports shall require school districts to report only the information necessary to comply with this section.

RCW 28A.230.140 – United States flag – Procurement, display, and exercises – National anthem.
The board of directors of every school district shall cause a United States flag being in good condition to be displayed during school hours upon or near every public school plant, except during inclement weather. They shall cause appropriate flag exercises to be held in each classroom at the beginning of the school day, and in every school at the opening of all school assemblies, at which exercises those pupils so desiring shall recite the following salute to the flag: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all". Students not reciting the pledge shall maintain a respectful silence. The salute to the flag or the national anthem shall be rendered immediately preceding interschool events when feasible.

RCW 28A.230.150– Temperance and Good Citizenship Day – Aids in Programming.
On January 16 of each year or the preceding Friday when January 16 falls on a non-school day, there shall be observed within each public school "Temperance and Good Citizenship Day". Annually the state superintendent of public instruction shall duly prepare and publish for circulation among the teachers of the state program for use on such day embodying topics pertinent thereto and may from year to year designate particular laws for special observances.

RCW 28A.230.160 – Educational activities in observance of Veteran’s Day.
During the school week preceding the 11th day of November of each year, there shall be presented in each common school as defined in RCW 28A.150.020 educational activities suitable to the observance of Veteran’s Day. The responsibility for the preparation and presentation of the activities approximating at least 60 minutes total throughout the week shall be with the principal or head teacher of each school building and such program shall embrace topics tending to instill a loyalty and devotion to the institutions and laws of this state and nation. The superintendent of public instruction and each educational service district superintendent, by advice and suggestion, shall aid in the preparation of these activities if such aid be solicited.

RCW 28A.230.170 – Study of constitutions compulsory – Rules to implement.
The study of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Washington shall be a condition prerequisite to graduation from the public and private high schools of this state. The state board of education acting upon the advice of the superintendent of public instruction shall provide by rule or regulation for the implementation of this section.

RCW 28A.230.178Civil Rights Education
School districts are encouraged to prepare and conduct a program at least once a year to commemorate the history of civil rights in our nation, including providing an opportunity for students to learn about the personalities and convictions of heroes of the civil rights movement and the importance of the fundamental principle and promise of equality under our nation's Constitution.

RCW 28A.300.405 – Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program – Created – Purpose.
The purpose of all Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program (WCLPEP) projects is to educate the public about the World War II mass incarceration of individuals of Japanese descent, related knowledge concerning democratic institutions and processes, the fragile nature of our constitutional rights.

RCW 28A.300.420: Student Court Programs
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) shall encourage school districts to implement, expand, or use student court programs for students who commit violations of school rules and policies. Program operations of student courts may be funded by government and private grants.

Student court programs are limited to those that: Are developed using the guidelines for creating and operating student court programs developed by nationally recognized student court projects; Target violations of school rules by students enrolled in public or private school; and Emphasize the following principles: (a) Youth must be held accountable for their problem behavior; (b) Youth must be educated about the impact their actions have on themselves and others including the school, school personnel, their classmates, their families, and their community; (c) Youth must develop skills to resolve problems with their peers more effectively; and (d) Youth should be provided a meaningful forum to practice and enhance newly developed skills.

 

 

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