I am reviewing the recent Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework
www.doe.mass.edu/candi/StandardsReview/hss.html (see pp.79-86 for grade 8 standards - I have some thoughts on these too...)
And the state (DESE) is thinking of adopting a required grade 8 civics course.
I have always thought 12 would be best. Right before the real world, age of majority, and voting.
I would also be for letting districts decide where it should fall but that can be a bit messy if the state