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State Seal of Civic Engagement

State Seal of Civic Engagement — Assembly Bill 24.

In October 2017, Assembly Bill 24 External link opens in new window or tab. was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), on or before January 1, 2020, to recommend to the State Board of Education (SBE) criteria for awarding a State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) to pupils who have demonstrated excellence in civics education and participation and an understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the democratic system of government. The bill also requires the SSPI to consider, among other criteria, the successful completion of history, government, and civics courses, including courses that incorporate character education and voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities. The bill requires the SBE, on or before January 31, 2021, to adopt, reject, or modify the criteria recommended by the SSPI.

The draft SSCE Criteria(DOCX) were presented to the SBE in July and September 2019. The draft is currently under review.

Guidance and resources for student civic engagement are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Resources to Support Student Civic Engagement web page.

SSCE Criteria Development

The CDE oversaw the process for developing the criteria for awarding the SSCE. Per California Education Code Section 51470(a), “In developing criteria for the State Seal of Civic Engagement, the Superintendent shall incorporate the Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning, and any and all other best practices for civic learning and engagement. In developing criteria for the State Seal of Civic Engagement, the Superintendent shall also consult with a diverse group of credentialed, current, classroom teachers who teach the subject of history-social science, including government, in secondary schools.”

The following links provide information relating to the development of the SSCE criteria:

Public Comment on the SSCE Draft Criteria

Input and recommendations from the SSCE Advisory Group helped to inform the initial draft criteria. The CDE also collected feedback from key stakeholders to ensure accessibility for all students, including civic education experts. Additional input was considered through a public comment process in March 2019.

SBE Agenda Items Related to SSCE

To view SBE meeting agendas relating to the SSCE, visit the SBE Items Related to the SSCE web page.

Questions:   Educator Excellence and Equity Division | SSCE@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-6440
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 4, 2019