Civic Education Newsroom

The following links feature news in civic education in the United States and how non-profits like Citizenship Counts make an impact.


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).