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Florida Civic Literacy Assessment and Graduation Requirements: Florida Government Resources

This guide was created to help you understand the new state requirements for civic literacy in Florida for of all students beginning Fall 2021 and to help you prepare for successfully completing those requirements.

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Rule 6A-10.02413 Florida Administrative Code

6A-10.02413 Civic Literacy Competency 

Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degree, first-time-in-college students entering a Florida College System institution in the 2018-19 school year, and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through one of the following options prior to graduation:

(1) Successfully passing either POSX041 American Government or AMHX020 Introductory Survey Since 1877. Each of the courses must include the following competencies:

(a) Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;

(b) An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application;

(c) Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government; and

(d) An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.

(2) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

Assessment

 Score

AP Government and Politics: United States

3

AP United States History

4

CLEP: American Government

50

Rulemaking Authority 1001.02(1), 1007.25(4) FS. Law Implemented 1007.25 FS. History–New 6-19-18.

FDOE Civic Literacy Assessment

 

FDOE Postsecondary Civics Literacy

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2018-19 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. 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.

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