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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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More than a Test: Truly Committing to Civic Education

In January, Arizona became the first state in the nation to require students to pass the U.S. citizenship exam before graduating high school—North Dakota became the second state a few weeks later. Since then, there has been a lively debate on the pros and cons of the legislation. CIRCLE has long studied what makes for Read More >

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February 9th, 2015
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CIRCLE Research Supports Efforts to Lower Voting Age in Local Elections

In early January, Hyattsville, Maryland, took a major step to becoming the second city in America to extend voting rights to 16 and 17-year-old residents in local elections. In so doing, Hyattsville joined another Maryland city, Takoma Park, which allowed young people to vote in its 2013 municipal contests. Other initiatives to lower the voting Read More >

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January 21st, 2015
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Strong Link between Youth Thought about Election and Turnout in 2014 Midterms

An excellent predictor of youth turnout rates in midterm years is the proportion of young people who were thinking a lot about the election in advance. We also know from the exit polls that young adults who voted in 2014 had been following the election. The most important aspect of “enthusiasm” may thus be the Read More >

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December 17th, 2014
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