Postsecondary Civics Literacy
The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2018-19 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The amendment also requires the Chairs of the State Board of Education and Board of Governors’ to appoint a faculty committee to develop a new civics literacy course, or revise an existing U.S. History or U.S. Government course to include the civic literacy content. The committee would also establish course competencies and identify outcomes that include, at minimum, the following:
- An understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government.
- An understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
- Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-governance.
- An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases and their impact on law and society.
State Board of Education Rule on Civic Literacy Competency
Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (effective June 19, 2018)
Faculty Committee Recommendations
The results of the faculty committee meetings held in October 2017 are summarized in this document:
Civics Literacy Project Work Group Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Excerpt from Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes related to Civics Literacy (PDF)
The Education Commission of the States: Civics Education
State Civic Education Policy from Education Commission of the States, December 2017