Citizenship and Civic Education Newsroom

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


June 24, 2020

The Los Angeles Times

In the COVID-19 era, they become U.S. citizens in a drive-through


March 7, 2020

The New York Times

With no Braille Option, a Blind Man Failed His Citizenship Exam


February 21, 2020

Forbes Magazine

Will U.S. Education Remedy A Half-Century of Neglecting Civics Education?


February 3, 2020


Students, teachers see positive impact with update to civic education


August 5, 2019

Education Week

Americans Say Civics is a Must and Religion is a Maybe in Schools


April 26, 2019


New law will require Indiana high schoolers to take the US citizenship test. Can you pass it?


September 5, 2018

KSMU Ozarks Public Radio

New Missouri Law Requires Students to Pass Civics Exam Before Graduating


August 20, 2018

The Washington Post

Make every U.S. student attend a citizenship ceremony


August 14, 2018


How to Make A Civics Education Stick


March 29, 2018

Lincoln Journal Star

ELL students leave classroom to learn ins and outs of government


September 22, 2017


August 24, 2017

Milford Daily News

Students push for education about government


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).