Teaching Civics in Florida

Results from the First Annual Survey of Florida Public School Civics Teachers

About the Report

In April and May of 2016, the Lou Frey Institute surveyed Civics teachers in Florida working in public, non-charter middle schools, K-8 schools, and K-12 schools. There were 411 civics teachers who completed the survey, each teaching an average of 4-5 sections of civics during the school year. Civics teachers answered questions about classroom instructional practices and instructional resources; classroom climate and approaches to class discussion; school climate; content coverage in preparation for the Civics End of Course Assessment; and their training, preparation, and professional development.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Civics teachers in Florida make use of the six proven practices that provide high quality civic education
  • Florida civics teachers use a variety of instructional resources to cover the assessed benchmarks for the End of Course Assessment, often combining several resources for instruction.
  • Teachers provide an open classroom where students are encouraged to express their opinions and do not shy away from discussing controversial political and social issues in class.
  • About half of Florida civics teachers are not able to adequately cover all assessed benchmarks on the Civics End of Course Assessment; roughly two-thirds find at least one of these benchmarks difficult to teach
  • Teachers work in a complex environment and serve students with a wide variety of needs

Details

Author: Racine Jacques
Publication Date: Mar. 2016

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