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2003 Civic Education Survey


The Public School subcommittee of the Civic Education Commission surveyed all New Hampshire schools, public and private, in November and December 2002. Since any proposed legislation arising from the commission's work would most likely impact public high schools, non-responding schools in this category were contacted on two subsequent occasions. No other group was subjected to follow-up procedures.

On the basis of self-reported responses, the overwhelming majority of schools are in compliance with the Minimum Standards and Curriculum Frameworks' desire that they attempt to teach "Civics" to their students.

Not only do most public high schools offer a Civics course, but the curriculum offerings are supplemented by a rich array of Civic Education activities, which both enliven courses and provide extra-curricular enrichment. At the high school level, formal Civics is supplemented by History instruction, Voter Education, and ample opportunities for Community Service and/or Service Learning.

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Civic Education Questionnaires

Three separate surveys were administered- Elementary (Grades K-6),Middle (Grades 5-8), and High (9-12). There was some overlap at Grades 5-6. The same survey was sent to public and private schools of a given grade span.

Civic Education Questionnaire Responses

School responses were grouped into different approaches to civic education.The results of the survey are broken down between public and private schools.

Given likely legislation, more attention has been paid to public high school results than other categories

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