(a) On or before January 1, 2020, the Superintendent shall recommend to the state board criteria for awarding a State Seal of Civic Engagement to pupils who have demonstrated excellence in civics education and participation and have demonstrated an understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the democratic system of government. In developing criteria for the State Seal of Civic Engagement, the Superintendent shall incorporate the Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning, developed by the Education Commission of the States, and any and all other best practices for civic learning and engagement. In developing criteria for the State Seal of Civic Engagement, the Superintendent shall also consult with a diverse group of credentialed, current, classroom teachers who teach the subject of history-social science, including government, in secondary schools. The Superintendent shall also consider including criteria based on each of the following:
(1) Successful completion of history, government, and civics courses, including courses that incorporate character education.
(2) Voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities.
(3) Any other related requirements as it deems appropriate.
(b) In developing criteria pursuant to subdivision (a), the Superintendent shall ensure, to the greatest extent feasible, that the criteria:
(1) Provide all pupils with an opportunity to earn the State Seal of Civic Engagement.
(2) Recognize pupil excellence or outstanding achievement.
(3) Are not based primarily on pupil achievement that is already recognized through grades or other standard measures of pupil achievement.
(4) To the extent possible, result in a seal that confers some benefit to pupils beyond secondary school.
(c) On or before January 31, 2021, the state board shall adopt, reject, or modify the criteria recommended by the Superintendent pursuant to subdivision (a).
(d) School district participation in this program is voluntary.
(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 604, Sec. 1.)