U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Civic Education - 2002

CFDA Numbers: 84.304 - Cooperative Education Exchange Program
84.929 We The People


Goal 8: To enhance the attainment of the third and sixth National Goals by educating students about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Objective 8.1 of 2: Provide high-quality civic education curricula to elementary and secondary school students through the ''We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution'' Program.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Student participation in the ?We the People?? Program: The total number of adoptions of ?We the People?? curriculum will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The total number of adoptions by states and large school districts of the ?We the People??curriculum.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
9
 
1999
19
 
2000
20
20
2001
22
21
2002
25
23
Status: Target met

Explanation: The ?We the People?? Program staff members continue to spend time assisting states and school districts in the formal curriculum adoption process.  
Additional Source Information: Annual grantee project report and annual grant application, April 2002.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003
Data Available: August 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Actual count of adoptions.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Teacher institutes: The number of teachers who attend the summer ?We the People?? professional development institutes will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The number of teachers participating in professional development institutes.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
183
 
1999
317
200
2000
354
318
2001
406
320
2002
785
350
Status: Target exceeded

Explanation: ''We the people''...program staff members were able to conduct institutes in each of the five regions of the United States as well as in some individual states.  
Additional Source Information: Annual grantee project report and annual grant application, April 2002.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003
Data Available: August 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Actual count of teacher participants.

 

Objective 8.2 of 2: Foster Students' interest and ability to participate competently and responsibly in the democratic process.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Simulated congressional hearings: At least 80 percent of students participating in the ?We the People?? national finals competition will outperform nonparticipating students on national assessments of their knowledge of and support for democratic institutions and processes.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of students participating
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
89
80
2000
82
80
2001
91
80
2002
87
80
Status: Target exceeded

Progress: Survey items were taken from three sources: the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress Civics Assessment, the 1997 University of Michigan's ?Monitoring the Future? survey, and the 1998 UCLA American Freshman survey.

Explanation: An item-by-item comparison was conducted, and at least 82 percent of the participants in the ?We the People?? finals outperformed the average of nonparticipating students in knowledge of and support for democratic institutions and processes by statistically significant margins on every item of the survey instrument, based on previous nationally administered surveys.  
Additional Source Information: Annual random sample of participants.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003
Data Available: September 2003
Validated By: NCES.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, University of Michigan, and UCLA survey results have been validated by National Center for Education Statistics and other nationally recognized research institutions. The Center for Civic Education conducts a survey of the participants in the national finals and is analyzing the results.

Limitations: Data are self-reported. The Center for Civic Education would like to utilize an external data collection agency to conduct its surveys and prepare independent reports, but additional funding would be required to support an external evaluation.

 

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