Civics Education Resource Site

ISBE Information and Regional Maps

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is responsible for interpreting the new civics requirement, ensuring that districts are in compliance with it, and establishing guidance on course content and instruction through the new Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science.

ISBE’s Vision

Illinois is a state of whole, healthy children nested in whole, healthy systems supporting communities wherein all citizens are socially and economically secure.

ISBE’s Mission

Provide leadership and resources to achieve excellence across all Illinois districts through engaging legislators, school administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders in formulating and advocating for policies that enhance education, empower districts, and ensure equitable outcomes for all students.

ISBE’s Goals

Every child in each public school system in the state of Illinois deserves to attend a system wherein…

  • All kindergarteners are assessed for readiness
  • Ninety percent or more third-grade students are reading at or above grade level.
  • Ninety percent or more fifth-grade students meet or exceed expectations in mathematics.
  • Ninety percent or more of ninth-graders are on track to graduate with their cohort.
  • Ninety percent or more students graduate from high school ready for college or career.
  • All students are supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders.
  • Every school offers a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

For more information on the Illinois State Board of Education, visit www.isbe.gov.

The New Civic Education Mandate

Public Act 99-0434 mandates that one semester of high school social studies to be dedicated to a stand-alone civics course.

Existing American government courses satisfy the civics course requirement, but with two important caveats:

  • First, qualifying government courses must address the content specified in the law, including instruction on government institutions, current and controversial issues discussions, service learning, and simulations of democratic processes.
  • Second, this course must be offered in addition to the existing one-credit U.S. history and/or government requirement.

For more information, see Social Studies Standards and Guidelines for School Administrators.