SSCE Schedule of Significant EventsState Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) Schedule of Significant Events.
Development of the SSCE Criteria
|Distribution of the State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) Advisory Group recruitment letter and online application posted
|September 4, 2018
|Closing date for recruitment of Advisory Group members
|September 21, 2018
|California Department of Education (CDE) staff recommends Advisory Group members to the Deputy Superintendent of the Teaching and Learning Support Branch
|Deputy Superintendent approves Advisory Group members
|Advisory Group members notified
|November 1, 2018
|Advisory Group video conference meeting
|November 15, 2018
|Recommended criteria posted online
|March 6, 2019
|21-day public review period
|March 6– 26, 2019
|Recommended criteria updated to incorporate stakeholder input
|Draft criteria recommended to the State Board of Education (SBE) by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI)
|July 10, 2019
|SSCE criteria presented to the SBE
|September 11, 2019
Resources to Support Civic Engagement web page finalized
|SSCE criteria adopted by the SBE
September 10, 2020
|Statutory deadline for SBE action
|January 31, 2021
Civic Engagement Work Group
At the July 2019 SBE meeting, the SBE requested that the CDE consider the possibility of formally recognizing civic engagement by incorporating SSCE into the California Dashboard as a College and Career Indicator (CCI).
The California Department of Education (CDE) determined that the criteria would need to be revised significantly to provide standardization measures that are valid, reliable, and fair; a requirement of the California Dashboard. This could reduce the number of students who would have the opportunity to earn the SSCE.
In August 2019, the CDE communicated this to the SBE in an Information Memorandum, titled "Considerations for Including the SSCE in the College and Career Indicator" (DOCX). The CDE recommended that the SBE adopt the proposed criteria to use for awarding a SSCE to ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to earn the SSCE as soon as possible, as required by statute. The CDE further recommended that the SBE consider exploring other ways to incorporate civic engagement into the CCI in the future.
To support this work, the CDE convened a Civic Engagement Work Group (CEWG) in August, October, and December 2020. CEWG work was paused following the December 2020 meeting, due to the re-architecture of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). The CEWG reconvened periodically in 2021 and 2022 to share updates. The CDE shared updates periodically with the SBE throughout this process. For additional background information on this process, please refer to the SBE Items Related to the SSCE web page.
Beginning with the 2023–24 school year, the CALPADS Operations Office anticipates administering a new ad hoc collection tool, which will collect student-level data on the SSCE. Additional information and updates will be available from the CALPADS web page as they become available.
The below timeline outlines key steps in the process of formally recognizing civic engagement in the CCI.
|SBE recommends recognizing civic engagement in the CCI
|July 10, 2019
|CDE issues an Informational Memorandum (DOCX) to the SBE recommending a CEWG
|August 20, 2019
|First meeting of the CEWG
August 18, 2020
|SBE adopts SSCE criteria with amendments
September 10, 2020
Second meeting of the CEWG
October 14, 2020
Third meeting of the CEWG
December 15, 2020
|Fourth meeting of the CEWG
|August 19, 2021
|Fifth meeting of the CEWG
|August 28, 2022
|Ad hoc SSCE data collection tool available