Starting in 2021 students in California will be able to engage in civic activities earning them a diploma with a Seal of Civic Engagement. Created in a recently passed bill, the seal is part of an effort to revive civics education.
In a report released this week, a state task force called for a revival of civics education, transforming it from “an afterthought” – an undervalued social studies class – to a core element of community engagement and learning in all grades. The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning issued its final report this week.
The shift to local control has given school districts much leeway in adopting the Common Core State Standards, the challenging math and English language arts standards that California and 41 other states have adopted. But that flexibility may also create disparities in implementation that the state should reduce, concludes a new report by researchers from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.