Postsecondary Civics Literacy

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The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require incoming freshmen to demonstrate competency in civics literacy upon entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2018-2019 or thereafter. 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.

Additional information about civics literacy will be provided on this site as it becomes available.