States Consider Requiring US Citizenship Test For Graduation
South Dakota Considering Bill To Require Test
Arizona’s new law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate will likely be adopted in a handful of other states this year. But educators warn it’s not a fix-all solution to the nation’s dire knowledge of civics.
Fewer than a dozen states require students to take a civics exam, and passing it isn’t necessary to graduate in all of them. In most states, civic education revolves around a one-semester U.S. history course.
Arizona on Thursday became the first state to require the U.S. citizenship test. Utah, South Dakota, Tennessee and other states are considering similar bills.
Education leaders have been concerned about civic education for years. But many are wary that legislators are only skimming the surface of what students need to know.