Civic Education Newsroom

The following links feature important and note worthy news in civic education throughout the United States:

July 4, 2017

July 3, 2017

June 30, 2017

June 16, 2017

April 3, 2017

Associated Press

We the pupils: More states teaching founding US documents

February 20, 2017 (NBC Affiliate)

Arkansas passed bill requiring high schoolers to pass part of U.S. naturalization test

December 1, 2015

Would you pass the civics test? Try it

April 29, 2015

The Associated Press

How is your kid doing in U.S. history, civics? Most score low in the latest test

The Huffington Post

Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient in U.S. History

The New York Times

Many 8th Graders Score Poorly on US History, Civics Exam

The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Students Stagnate in Social Studies

April 22, 2015

Chicago Sun Times

Editorial: Teach civics in every school to make better citizens

April 21, 2015

Citizen Advocacy Center

Letter to the editor published in Chicago Tribune on Civics Education, HB4025 and HB4024

March 31, 2015

Deseret News

Utah educators skeptical of civics test requirement

January 27, 2015

New York Times

States Move to Make Citizenship Exams a Classroom Aid

January 16, 2015

Tucson Daily Star

Teachers sound off on new law requiring civics test

September 22, 2014

US News and World Report

Know Your Rights: States Push High School Civics Exam Requirement

September 18, 2014

Ozarks First

Missouri Students May Soon Have to Pass U.S. Citizenship Test to Graduate

September 17, 2014

Education Week

Funding Doesn’t Follow National Praise for Civic Education

October 15, 2012

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Democracy Prep Citizen-Scholars: Vote for Somebody!

May 3, 2012

U.S. News

One in Three Americans Fails Naturalization Civics Test

July 7, 2011


Media Strategy: Getting the Press to Teach Civics

July 1, 2011

The Daily Beast

How to Reboot Civics Education


June 15, 2011

The Wall Street Journal

Students Stumble Again on the Basics of History

May 14, 2011

The Boston Globe

A Lesson needed in citizenship

May 4, 2011

New York Times

Failing Grades on Civics Exam Called a ‘Crisis

May 4, 2011

Washington Post

Civics knowledge that kids are supposed to know

May 2011

American Bar Association (ABA) Journal

Flunking Civics: Why America’s Kids Know So Little

March 20, 2011


How Ignorant Are Americans?



Created a state advisory council for parent involvement in education so that families and schools collaborate with community to provide expanded learning opportunities and civic participation (2009).

Enacted legislation to proclaim California Civics Day for Teachers on the first Friday in December to encourage professional development opportunities focused on civics education (2010).


Created requirements for a new middle school civic education course in the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act (2010).

Recognized Liberty Day to encourage elected officials to participate in civics education programs that focus on the United States Constitution (2011).


Created After-School Youth Development Project Act to promote and develop youth leadership and civic engagement (2010 and 2011).


Established the Center for Student Leadership and Extended Learning through financial and administrative support by the State Department of Education to provide opportunities for students to participate in educational activities outside the classroom (2009).


Directed Board of Education to adapt Standards of Learning in the administration of tests on United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to Present, and Civics and Economics to assess student progress (2009).

Required inclusion of local government and civics education specific to Virginia in teacher education (2010).

Developed criteria for awarding a diploma seal for excellence in civics education and comprehension of state and federal constitutions and the democratic model of government in standard and advanced studies (2011).


Included one-half credit graduation requirement for civics coursework in potential increased overall graduation requirements (2009).

Promotes development of interacting high school civics curriculum to help students learn how to become informed citizens (2009).