"Learning to make and evaluate evidence-based arguments (claims) is the singular, unifying, intellectual goal of all social studies courses."
Walter C. Parker, Inquiry Design Model, 2018
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:
- State learning standards - RCW 28A.150.210
- Civics credit requirement - RCW 28A.230.094
- Social studies assessments - RCW 28A.230.095
- Civics teacher training program - RCW 28A.415.285
See the complete list of social studies laws and regulations.
- C3 Framework: The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework establishes clear and strong standards for social studies instruction:
- 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.
- Six Proven Practices: According to Guardian of Democracy: Successor Report to the Civic Mission of Schools, there are six proven practices for enhancing civic education:
- 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