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Giles County Schools to Test Students' Civics Knowledge
Posted on February 06, 2013
Last year, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law requiring school districts to test students’ knowledge of civics twice: at least once in grades 4 through 8 and at least once in grades 9 through 12. The law takes effect this school year and is different from other state-mandated assessments because they are developed by each school district and will be project-based, rather than the standard multiple choice test format.
In keeping with this new law, the Giles County school system has developed its own standards in which children are educated about civics.
In the fourth grade, an example of some of the projects they can do is to write a letter to an elected official, volunteer in the community, organize a food or clothing drive, or joining or starting a civic club.
At the high school level, examples of the projects that can do are developing a proposal to send to an elected official that will meet a specified need, organizing a civic group or volunteering time to serve the community, or partnering with an existing group to raise funds and/or supplies to meet needs in the community.
The goal is to help students understand the importance of public policy, the structure of local, state, and federal government, and the state and federal constitutions.