State Seal of Civic EngagementState Seal of Civic Engagement — Assembly Bill (AB) 24.
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Criteria Development for the State Seal of Civic Engagement
In October 2017, AB 24 was signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill authorized the development of criteria to award a State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) to deserving graduating high school seniors. The California Department of Education is overseeing the process for developing the criteria for awarding the SSCE. Per California Education Code Section 51470(a), “On or before January 1, 2020, the Superintendent shall recommend to the state board criteria for awarding a State Seal of Civic Engagement to pupils…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.”Information and updates concerning the development of the SSCE criteria are provided in the following links:
- Schedule of Significant Events for the SSCE criteria development
- Application for the State Seal of Civic Engagement Advisory Group (SSCEAG)
- Six Proven Practices of Civic Education (PDF)
- Revitalizing K–12 Civic Learning in California: A Blueprint for Action (PDF)
State Seal of Civic Engagement Advisory Group
In November 2018, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction will appoint 30 members to the SSCEAG. The SSCEAG inform in the development of the criteria for the SSCE.
Public Comment on the State Seal of Civic Engagement Draft Criteria
Input and recommendations from the SSCE Advisory Group was used to help inform the draft criteria. Input to the draft criteria will be considered for the final draft criteria to be presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) for adoption. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for any interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the CDE. Those comments and suggestions will inform the final draft criteria scheduled for consideration at the May 2019 SBE meeting. The draft criteria was available for public comment from March 6–26, 2019.
From March 6–26, 2019, the CDE and the SBE welcomed review and comments on the draft SSCE criteria. The public comment period is now closed.