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 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.