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N.D. Students May Have to Pass U.S. Citizenship Test

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To earn a high school diploma in North Dakota, students may have to pass a U.S. citizenship test if state lawmakers approve legislation to make a 100-question exam a graduation requirement.

The chairman of the state's House Education Committee, Rep. Mike Nathe, announced last week that he would propose the measure during the upcoming legislative session that begins in January. The proposal would take effect for the class of 2016. The test would gauge what students know about American government, history, and civics.

Similar efforts are underway in Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah, according to the Associated Press.

Vol. 34, Issue 14, Pages 4-5

Published in Print: December 10, 2014, as N.D. Students May Have to Pass U.S. Citizenship Test
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