K-12 Civic Learning Taskforce

The California Taskforce on K-12 Civic Learning was established in July 2012, the taskforce ended with the presentation of their final report in Summer 2014. 

 

Highlights from the CA Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning:

  • The California Taskforce on K-12 Civic Learning was established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • Members included leaders from law, education, parents, business, labor, and civic groups.
  • Conducted 7 public hearings statewide and received more 600 comments on their draft report.
  • Members unanimously endorsed the final report, a blueprint for revitalizing civic education in California.

 

Key findings from the CA Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning:

  • We know what works in civic education
  • Only some California K-12 students have access to effective civic education
  • The California education system has a central role in preparing all K-12 students for participation in our democracy, starting in elementary school and continuing through high school.
  • The following areas need updating to achieve equity and access to quality civic education in our state.

    Teacher Professional Development
    State Content Standards
    Curriculum Frameworks
    Curriculum Resources
    Assessment
    Accountability
    Rewards and Incentives

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