Washington state law requires an increase in social studies credits (see reference) required for high school graduation from 2.5 credits to 3.0 credits, with 0.5 credit required in civics (see reference). This additional 0.5 civic requirement applies to all students in the graduating class of 2016 and beyond.
What are civic education laws and regulations in Washington state?
The primary laws and regulations for civic education are:
- State learning standards — RCW 28A.150.210
- Civic requirement — RCW 28A.230.093
- Social studies assessment — RCW 28A.230.095
See the complete list of social studies laws and regulations here.
What is the new civic requirement?
The content of the civic credit must include, but not be limited to:
- Federal, state and local government organization and procedures;
- Rights and responsibilities of citizens addressed in the Washington state and United States Constitutions;
- Current issues addressed at each level of government; and
- Electoral issues, including elections, ballot measures, initiatives, and referenda.
For additional information, please visit the OSPI Civic Education Initiative webpage.