Author: Racine Jacques
Publication Date: Mar. 2016
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