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California: 12th-Grade Standards

  • CA.12.1. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students explain the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy as expressed in the U.S. Constitution and other essential documents of American democracy.

    • 12.1.1. Performance Standard:

      Analyze the influence of ancient Greek, Roman, English, and leading European political thinkers such as John Locke, Charles-Louis Montesquieu, Niccolo Machiavelli, and William Blackstone on the development of American government.

    • 12.1.2. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the character of American democracy and its promise and perils as articulated by Alexis de Tocqueville.

    • 12.1.3. Performance Standard:

      Explain how the U.S. Constitution reflects a balance between the classical republican concern with promotion of the public good and the classical liberal concern with protecting individual rights; and discuss how the basic premises of liberal constitutionalism and democracy are joined in the Declaration of Independence as 'self-evident truths.'

    • 12.1.4. Performance Standard:

      Explain how the Founding Fathers' realistic view of human nature led directly to the establishment of a constitutional system that limited the power of the governors and the governed as articulated in the Federalist Papers.

    • 12.1.5. Performance Standard:

      Describe the systems of separated and shared powers, the role of organized interests (Federalist Paper Number 10), checks and balances (Federalist Paper Number 51), the importance of an independent judiciary (Federalist Paper Number 78), enumerated powers, rule of law, federalism, and civilian control of the military.

    • 12.1.6. Performance Standard:

      Understand that the Bill of Rights limits the powers of the federal government and state governments.

  • CA.12.2. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the scope and limits of rights and obligations as democratic citizens, the relationships among them, and how they are secured.

    • 12.2.1. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the meaning and importance of each of the rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights and how each is secured (e.g., freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition, privacy).

    • 12.2.2. Performance Standard:

      Explain how economic rights are secured and their importance to the individual and to society (e.g., the right to acquire, use, transfer, and dispose of property; right to choose one's work; right to join or not join labor unions; copyright and patent).

    • 12.2.3. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the individual's legal obligations to obey the law, serve as a juror, and pay taxes.

    • 12.2.4. Performance Standard:

      Understand the obligations of civic-mindedness, including voting, being informed on civic issues, volunteering and performing public service, and serving in the military or alternative service.

    • 12.2.5. Performance Standard:

      Describe the reciprocity between rights and obligations; that is, why enjoyment of one's rights entails respect for the rights of others.

    • 12.2.6. Performance Standard:

      Explain how one becomes a citizen of the United States, including the process of naturalization (e.g., literacy, language, and other requirements).

  • CA.12.3. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students evaluate and take and defend positions on what the fundamental values and principles of civil society are (i.e., the autonomous sphere of voluntary personal, social, and economic relations that are not part of government), their interdependence, and the meaning and importance of those values and principles for a free society.

    • 12.3.1. Performance Standard:

      Explain how civil society provides opportunities for individuals to associate for social, cultural, religious, economic, and political purposes.

    • 12.3.2. Performance Standard:

      Explain how civil society makes it possible for people, individually or in association with others, to bring their influence to bear on government in ways other than voting and elections.

    • 12.3.3. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the historical role of religion and religious diversity.

    • 12.3.4. Performance Standard:

      Compare the relationship of government and civil society in constitutional democracies to the relationship of government and civil society in authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.

  • CA.12.4. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students analyze the unique roles and responsibilities of the three branches of government as established by the U.S. Constitution.

    • 12.4.1. Performance Standard:

      Discuss Article I of the Constitution as it relates to the legislative branch, including eligibility for office and lengths of terms of representatives and senators; election to office; the roles of the House and Senate in impeachment proceedings; the role of the vice president; the enumerated legislative powers; and the process by which a bill becomes a law.

    • 12.4.2. Performance Standard:

      Explain the process through which the Constitution can be amended.

    • 12.4.3. Performance Standard:

      Identify their current representatives in the legislative branch of the national government.

    • 12.4.4. Performance Standard:

      Discuss Article II of the Constitution as it relates to the executive branch, including eligibility for office and length of term, election to and removal from office, the oath of office, and the enumerated executive powers.

    • 12.4.5. Performance Standard:

      Discuss Article III of the Constitution as it relates to judicial power, including the length of terms of judges and the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

    • 12.4.6. Performance Standard:

      Explain the processes of selection and confirmation of Supreme Court justices.

  • CA.12.5. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students summarize landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution and its amendments.

    • 12.5.1. Performance Standard:

      Understand the changing interpretations of the Bill of Rights over time, including interpretations of the basic freedoms (religion, speech, press, petition, and assembly) articulated in the First Amendment and the due process and equal-protection-of-the-law clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

    • 12.5.2. Performance Standard:

      Analyze judicial activism and judicial restraint and the effects of each policy over the decades (e.g., the Warren and Rehnquist courts).

    • 12.5.3. Performance Standard:

      Evaluate the effects of the Court's interpretations of the Constitution in Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland, and United States v. Nixon, with emphasis on the arguments espoused by each side in these cases.

    • 12.5.4. Performance Standard:

      Explain the controversies that have resulted over changing interpretations of civil rights, including those in Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena, and United States v. Virginia (VMI).

  • CA.12.6. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

    • 12.6.1. Performance Standard:

      Analyze the origin, development, and role of political parties, noting those occasional periods in which there was only one major party or were more than two major parties.

    • 12.6.2. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the history of the nomination process for presidential candidates and the increasing importance of primaries in general elections.

    • 12.6.3. Performance Standard:

      Evaluate the roles of polls, campaign advertising, and the controversies over campaign funding.

    • 12.6.4. Performance Standard:

      Describe the means that citizens use to participate in the political process (e.g., voting, campaigning, lobbying, filing a legal challenge, demonstrating, petitioning, picketing, running for political office).

    • 12.6.5. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the features of direct democracy in numerous states (e.g., the process of referendums, recall elections).

    • 12.6.6. Performance Standard:

      Analyze trends in voter turnout; the causes and effects of reapportionment and redistricting, with special attention to spatial districting and the rights of minorities; and the function of the Electoral College.

  • CA.12.7. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students analyze and compare the powers and procedures of the national, state, tribal, and local governments.

    • 12.7.1. Performance Standard:

      Explain how conflicts between levels of government and branches of government are resolved.

    • 12.7.2. Performance Standard:

      Identify the major responsibilities and sources of revenue for state and local governments.

    • 12.7.3. Performance Standard:

      Discuss reserved powers and concurrent powers of state governments.

    • 12.7.4. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the Ninth and Tenth Amendments and interpretations of the extent of the federal government's power.

    • 12.7.5. Performance Standard:

      Explain how public policy is formed, including the setting of the public agenda and implementation of it through regulations and executive orders.

    • 12.7.6. Performance Standard:

      Compare the processes of lawmaking at each of the three levels of government, including the role of lobbying and the media.

    • 12.7.7. Performance Standard:

      Identify the organization and jurisdiction of federal, state, and local (e.g., California) courts and the interrelationships among them.

    • 12.7.8. Performance Standard:

      Understand the scope of presidential power and decision making through examination of case studies such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, passage of Great Society legislation, War Powers Act, Gulf War, and Bosnia.

  • CA.12.8. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the influence of the media on American political life.

    • 12.8.1. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the meaning and importance of a free and responsible press.

    • 12.8.2. Performance Standard:

      Describe the roles of broadcast, print, and electronic media, including the Internet, as means of communication in American politics.

    • 12.8.3. Performance Standard:

      Explain how public officials use the media to communicate with the citizenry and to shape public opinion.

  • CA.12.9. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students analyze the origins, characteristics, and development of different political systems across time, with emphasis on the quest for political democracy, its advances, and its obstacles.

    • 12.9.1. Performance Standard:

      Explain how the different philosophies and structures of feudalism, mercantilism, socialism, fascism, communism, monarchies, parliamentary systems, and constitutional liberal democracies influence economic policies, social welfare policies, and human rights practices.

    • 12.9.2. Performance Standard:

      Compare the various ways in which power is distributed, shared, and limited in systems of shared powers and in parliamentary systems, including the influence and role of parliamentary leaders (e.g., William Gladstone, Margaret Thatcher).

    • 12.9.3. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government.

    • 12.9.4. Performance Standard:

      Describe for at least two countries the consequences of conditions that gave rise to tyrannies during certain periods (e.g., Italy, Japan, Haiti, Nigeria, Cambodia).

    • 12.9.5. Performance Standard:

      Identify the forms of illegitimate power that twentieth-century African, Asian, and Latin American dictators used to gain and hold office and the conditions and interests that supported them.

    • 12.9.6. Performance Standard:

      Identify the ideologies, causes, stages, and outcomes of major Mexican, Central American, and South American revolutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    • 12.9.7. Performance Standard:

      Describe the ideologies that give rise to Communism, methods of maintaining control, and the movements to overthrow such governments in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland, including the roles of individuals (e.g., Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Pope John Paul II, Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel).

    • 12.9.8. Performance Standard:

      Identify the successes of relatively new democracies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the ideas, leaders, and general societal conditions that have launched and sustained, or failed to sustain, them.

  • CA.12.10. Content Standard: Principles of American Democracy

    Students formulate questions about and defend their analyses of tensions within our constitutional democracy and the importance of maintaining a balance between the following concepts: majority rule and individual rights; liberty and equality; state and national authority in a federal system; civil disobedience and the rule of law; freedom of the press and the right to a fair trial; the relationship of religion and government.

  • CA.12.1. Content Standard: Principles of Economics

    Students understand common economic terms and concepts and economic reasoning.

    • 12.1.1. Performance Standard:

      Examine the causal relationship between scarcity and the need for choices.

    • 12.1.2. Performance Standard:

      Explain opportunity cost and marginal benefit and marginal cost.

    • 12.1.3. Performance Standard:

      Identify the difference between monetary and nonmonetary incentives and how changes in incentives cause changes in behavior.

    • 12.1.4. Performance Standard:

      Evaluate the role of private property as an incentive in conserving and improving scarce resources, including renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.

    • 12.1.5. Performance Standard:

      Analyze the role of a market economy in establishing and preserving political and personal liberty (e.g., through the works of Adam Smith).

  • CA.12.2. Content Standard: Principles of Economics

    Students analyze the elements of America's market economy in a global setting.

    • 12.2.1. Performance Standard:

      Understand the relationship of the concept of incentives to the law of supply and the relationship of the concept of incentives and substitutes to the law of demand.

    • 12.2.2. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the effects of changes in supply and/ or demand on the relative scarcity, price, and quantity of particular products.

    • 12.2.3. Performance Standard:

      Explain the roles of property rights, competition, and profit in a market economy.

    • 12.2.4. Performance Standard:

      Explain how prices reflect the relative scarcity of goods and services and perform the allocative function in a market economy.

    • 12.2.5. Performance Standard:

      Understand the process by which competition among buyers and sellers determines a market price.

    • 12.2.6. Performance Standard:

      Describe the effect of price controls on buyers and sellers.

    • 12.2.7. Performance Standard:

      Analyze how domestic and international competition in a market economy affects goods and services produced and the quality, quantity, and price of those products.

    • 12.2.8. Performance Standard:

      Explain the role of profit as the incentive to entrepreneurs in a market economy.

    • 12.2.9. Performance Standard:

      Describe the functions of the financial markets.

    • 12.2.10. Performance Standard:

      Discuss the economic principles that guide the location of agricultural production and industry and the spatial distribution of transportation and retail facilities.

  • CA.12.3. Content Standard: Principles of Economics

    Students analyze the influence of the federal government on the American economy.

    • 12.3.1. Performance Standard:

      Understand how the role of government in a market economy often includes providing for national defense, addressing environmental concerns, defining and enforcing property rights, attempting to make markets more competitive, and protecting consumers' rights.

    • 12.3.2. Performance Standard:

      Identify the factors that may cause the costs of government actions to outweigh the benefits.

    • 12.3.3. Performance Standard:

      Describe the aims of government fiscal policies (taxation, borrowing, spending) and their influence on production, employment, and price levels.

    • 12.3.4. Performance Standard:

      Understand the aims and tools of monetary policy and their influence on economic activity (e.g., the Federal Reserve).

  • CA.12.4. Content Standard: Principles of Economics

    Students analyze the elements of the U.S. labor market in a global setting.

    • 12.4.1. Performance Standard:

      Understand the operations of the labor market, including the circumstances surrounding the establishment of principal American labor unions, procedures that unions use to gain benefits for their members, the effects of unionization, the mini-mum wage, and unemployment insurance.

    • 12.4.2. Performance Standard:

      Describe the current economy and labor market, including the types of goods and services produced, the types of skills workers need, the effects of rapid technological change, and the impact of international competition.

    • 12.4.3. Performance Standard:

      Discuss wage differences among jobs and professions, using the laws of demand and supply and the concept of productivity.

    • 12.4.4. Performance Standard:

      Explain the effects of international mobility of capital and labor on the U.S. economy.

  • CA.12.5. Content Standard: Principles of Economics

    Students analyze the aggregate economic behavior of the U.S. economy.

    • 12.5.1. Performance Standard:

      Distinguish between nominal and real data.

    • 12.5.2. Performance Standard:

      Define, calculate, and explain the significance of an unemployment rate, the number of new jobs created monthly, an inflation or deflation rate, and a rate of economic growth.

    • 12.5.3. Performance Standard:

      Distinguish between short-term and long-term interest rates and explain their relative significance.

  • CA.12.6. Content Standard: Principles of Economics

    Students analyze issues of international trade and explain how the U.S. economy affects, and is affected by, economic forces beyond the United States's borders.

    • 12.6.1. Performance Standard:

      Identify the gains in consumption and production efficiency from trade, with emphasis on the main products and changing geographic patterns of twentieth-century trade among countries in the Western Hemisphere.

    • 12.6.2. Performance Standard:

      Compare the reasons for and the effects of trade restrictions during the Great Depression compared with present-day arguments among labor, business, and political leaders over the effects of free trade on the economic and social interests of various groups of Americans.

    • 12.6.3. Performance Standard:

      Understand the changing role of international political borders and territorial sovereignty in a global economy.

    • 12.6.4. Performance Standard:

      Explain foreign exchange, the manner in which exchange rates are determined, and the effects of the dollar's gaining (or losing) value relative to other currencies.

  • CA.9-12.HS Content Standard: Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills

    The intellectual skills noted below are to be learned through, and applied to, the content standards for grades nine through twelve.

    • 9-12.CST. Performance Standard:

      Chronological and Spatial Thinking

      • 9-12.1. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students compare the present with the past, evaluating the consequences of past events and decisions and determining the lessons that were learned.

      • 9-12.2. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students analyze how change happens at different rates at different times; understand that some aspects can change while others remain the same; and understand that change is complicated and affects not only technology and politics but also values and beliefs.

      • 9-12.3. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students use a variety of maps and documents to interpret human movement, including major patterns of domestic and international migration, changing environmental preferences and settlement patterns, the frictions that develop between population groups, and the diffusion of ideas, technological innovations, and goods.

      • 9-12.4. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students relate current events to the physical and human characteristics of places and regions.

    • 9-12.HREP. Performance Standard:

      Historical Research, Evidence, and Point of View

      • 9-12.1. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students distinguish valid arguments from fallacious arguments in historical interpretations.

      • 9-12.2. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students identify bias and prejudice in historical interpretations.

      • 9-12.3. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students evaluate major debates among historians concerning alternative interpretations of the past, including an analysis of authors' use of evidence and the distinctions between sound generalizations and misleading oversimplifications.

      • 9-12.4. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students construct and test hypotheses; collect, evaluate, and employ information from multiple primary and secondary sources; and apply it in oral and written presentations.

    • 9-12.HI. Performance Standard:

      Historical Interpretation

      • 9-12.1. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students show the connections, causal and otherwise, between particular historical events and larger social, economic, and political trends and developments.

      • 9-12.2. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students recognize the complexity of historical causes and effects, including the limitations on determining cause and effect.

      • 9-12.3. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students interpret past events and issues within the context in which an event unfolded rather than solely in terms of present-day norms and values.

      • 9-12.4. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students understand the meaning, implication, and impact of historical events and recognize that events could have taken other directions.

      • 9-12.5. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students analyze human modifications of landscapes and examine the resulting environmental policy issues.

      • 9-12.6. Grade Level Expectation:

        Students conduct cost-benefit analyses and apply basic economic indicators to analyze the aggregate economic behavior of the U.S. economy.