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How to Engage Youth in Elections and Beyond

In recent months, both before and after voters went to the polls on November 8, conversations about political engagement and civic life in America have centered largely on the 2016 presidential election. At CIRCLE, we offered extensive data, analysis, and commentary related to youth participation throughout both parties’ primaries and in the general election, including our exclusive preliminary estimate that Read More >

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January 30th, 2017
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Do States Require Students Learn about Political Parties & Ideology?

Only eight states’ civic education standards explicitly require that students learn about the ideological underpinnings of the two major political parties, according to a new working paper from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published by CIRCLE. In “State Standards Scratch the Surface of Learning about Political Parties and Ideology,” Paula McAvoy (UW-Madison), Rebecca Fine Read More >

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September 15th, 2016
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CIRCLE Director Pens Article on Civic Education

Today, the National Association of School Boards of Education published the most recent edition of its journal, The Standard, on The Future of Schools. The issue features an article by CIRCLE’s Director, Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, on the future of civic education. Read the full article: “The Future of Civic Education“ In the article, Kawashima-Ginsberg emphasizes how state-wide Read More >

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September 12th, 2016
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Making a Civic Education Reform Work for Kids: CIRCLE and the Florida Partnership for Civic Learning

Florida has begun implementing new laws that aim to boost civics achievement and narrow achievements gaps. The Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act requires a new course, a high-stakes 7th grade test, and several other accountability measures. We have previously analyzed the objectives of this important reform and the process that led to its enactment. Read More >

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March 23rd, 2015
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States are Implementing the C3 (College, Career, and Citizenship) Framework

In 2013, the National Council for the Social Studies published the C3 Framework for the Social Studies. The C3 is not a prescriptive set of standards, but a guide for states as they revise their own standards and other regulations, frameworks, and laws that govern social studies. It is intended to make the social studies more Read More >

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March 17th, 2015
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