MA recommends iCivics for all grade levels

February 27, 2024

iCivics has received a major vote of confidence from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In a review by state educators of over 100 history and social studies curriculum materials that was just released as the Massachusetts K-12 History/Social Science Curricular Materials Review Guide, the state found that iCivics ranked among the top resources currently available--at all grade levels, K-12.

At the K-5/elementary grades, the review highlighted iCivics Private i curriculum as a strong supplemental resource. At grade 8, the review noted iCivics’Grade 8 curriculum/scope and sequence as a quality core resource as well as featuring the iCivics Civics Projects Workbook as strong supplemental material. At the high school grades, the review highlighted the new US History I curriculum (that will be publicly available later this year) as a quality core resource.

The guide synthesizes the findings of several review projects and involved state educators directly in the review. It supports Massachusetts educators who are selecting history/social science curricular materials by identifying promising materials worthy of further investigation by schools and districts. It contains information about history/social science curricular materials that meet baseline expectations for quality including alignment to Massachusetts standards, cultural responsiveness, and teacher usability.

We are proud of this acknowledgement of the impact of iCivics resources.