Civic Education: New Graduation Requirement
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If you have further questions
about Social Studies education, contact:

Carol Coe, Social Studies
Program Supervisor


Social Studies

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.


  1. Enhancing the rigor of social studies disciplines (civics, economics, geography, and history);
  2. Building critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills for engaged citizenship; and
  3. Aligning social studies academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

  1. Classroom instruction on government, history, law, and democracy
  2. Discussion of current events and controversial issues
  3. Service learning
  4. Extracurricular activities
  5. School governance
  6. 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.

“Abundant research shows that civic literacy is just as critical to student success as literacy in math and English. And civic supports district work in many areas, like anti-bullying, the new arts initiative and the new Common Core education standards.”

Civics Education Poster

   Updated 7/6/2017

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