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Arizona to Test Students On Knowledge of Civics

By Liana Loewus — January 21, 2015 1 min read

The Arizona legislature passed a bill last week that will require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate from high school.

Newly elected Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, helped fast-track the bill, signing it into law on Jan. 15. Arizona is the first state to pass such a law, according to the Arizona Republic.

Students graduating in 2017 will be the first to be held to the requirement. The test, which students can take until they pass, starting in 8th grade, is the same one administered to individuals seeking U.S. citizenship.

The Arizona Republic reports that school districts will decide how the subject is taught.

A version of this article appeared in the January 21, 2015 edition of Education Week as Arizona to Test Students On Knowledge of Civics

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