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Civics Education

Civics education is the knowledge, practice, and skills from geography, history, economics, government, and the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings which provide the foundational virtues needed to be moral and involved citizens.

The South Dakota Department of Education is committed to ensuring that South Dakota students graduate from the K-12 system prepared to actively participate in society at all levels—local, tribal, regional, state, and national—as informed and engaged citizens. High-quality civics education is crucial to achieving this outcome. The department is working with a stakeholder group to develop strategies for enhancing civics education in the state.