|National Standards for Civics and Government|
The National Standards for Civics and Government were developed by the Center for Civic Education with support from the U.S. Department of Education and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Three thousand individuals and organizations participated in the two-year project to identify what students should know and be able to do in the field of civics and government at the end of grades 4, 8, and 12.
National Standards for Civics and Government has been used as a model for state curricular frameworks and standards throughout the country. The U.S. Department of State has distributed an international edition of the Standards to other nations through its Public Affairs Offices and other agencies around the world.
The content standards are organized around five significant questions:
—Richard Riley, Former Secretary of Education
"These voluntary standards include—but go beyond—a sophisticated treatment of political institutions; they also spell out the responsibilities of citizenship and the traits of character that good citizens need in a pluralistic democratic society. We think these are good standards. If your state adopted them, you'd have a darned good curriculum."
—William Galston, Director, National Council on Civic Renewal
"As I looked through the National Standards for Civics and Government, I thought to myself how wonderful it would be if all students in America could leave high school with a firm grasp of the material covered by these standards and a commitment to responsible, informed and active participation in our democracy."
—The Honorable Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senate