Educating for Democracy: What We Can Do
In a challenging time for our democracy, how can we help students prepare for civic...
Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) scholars Erica Hodgin and Joseph Kahne collect resources for deeply and meaningfully assessing students’ civic learning, as part of Teaching Channel’s Educating for Democracy Deep Dive.
Are you integrating civic learning experiences into your classroom but unsure whether it’s working?
One common concern with civic education is that it’s often hard to determine whether it’s really deepening students’ civic knowledge, capacities, and commitments.
Assessment is one way to identify, inform, and move toward deeper learning. Even though there are many assessments available for reading and math, when it comes to civics, assessments often only hint at civic knowledge. While knowledge matters, the aims of civic education go far beyond that. And yet, teachers often lack resources for measuring students’ civic learning in ways that encompass these broader aims and are authentic and meaningful.
This need is heightened by major reforms like the Common Core State Standards and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework that highlight the need for new assessments that can speak to the authentic tasks that are often at the heart of high-quality civic education. Fortunately, innovative organizations, districts, and states have begun developing some methods.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve curated many of these resources in the new Essential Question section just added to the Educating for Democracy Deep Dive titled, How do I assess my students’ civic learning? This collection of resources can help you assess students’ online civic reasoning, civic writing, civic presentations, and their performance on civic projects.
Here are some highlights of the resources you’ll find on this page:
As you look through the materials on the Civic Assessment page, we hope that you’ll find tools that deepen your understanding of your students’ learning, inform your instruction of high-quality civic learning, and enable your students to reflect on their own growth as they build their knowledge, skills, and capacities as civic actors.
You can find more ideas and resources related to civic learning in the Educating for Democracy Deep Dive. And to receive updates on new resources and information about civic learning, follow @Ed4Democracy on Twitter, and sign up for the Educating for Democracy newsletter.
By Erica Hodgin and Joseph Kahne
Originally posted at Teaching Channel