The Participation in Government core curriculum is designed to be a culminating course of study that focuses on Civics, Citizenship, and Government. Participation in Government is the civics capstone of a student’s K–12 social studies experience. Upon entering 12th grade, students should be ready to synthesize and apply this content-rich experience to the study of contemporary and/or historic public issues and to increase the student’s awareness of their rights and responsibilities as a citizen. The term participation is interpreted in its broad sense. It is designed to engage students in the analysis of public policies and issues that are relevant to individual students. Fundamental to Participation in Government is a course of study that has students defining, analyzing, monitoring, and discussing issues and policies.