Leaders F (0%)
Groups F (0%)
Events F (0%)
History F (0%)
Opposition F (0%)
Tactics F (0%)
Content F (0%)

Grade levels F (0%)
Current events F (0%)
Civics F (0%)
Other movements F (0%)
Context F (0%)

GRADE F means Rhode Island includes none or less than 20% of the recommended content and should significantly revise its standards.

Survey of Standards and Frameworks
The Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations require minimal coverage of the civil rights movement beginning in high school.

Elementary and Middle School
No requirements for the civil rights movement are provided.

High School
Civics & Government:
Students may demonstrate knowledge about the civil rights movement by “identifying and explaining ways individuals and groups have exercised their rights in order to transform society (e.g., civil rights movement, women’s suffrage).”

Historical Perspectives/Rhode Island History: Students learn about the civil rights movement by “gathering evidence of circumstances and factors contributing to contemporary problems (e.g., civil rights movement, sexual revolution).”

To Rhode Island’s credit, it is one of a handful of states that make an explicit connection between the civil rights movement and current events. Unfortunately, that credit is optional and does not do anything to make up for the state’s failure to require students to learn about the civil rights movement.