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North Dakota District Tests Students on Civics Proficiency After State Mandates High School Requirement

North Dakota District Tests Students on Civics Proficiency After State Mandates High School Requirement

North Dakota became the second state in the country last year to pass a requirement that mandates all high school students be proficient in civics and one of its districts is the first to distribute the civics tests this spring.

"Last year, North Dakota became the second state in the nation to adopt the requirement, which is based on the Immigration and Naturalization test covering questions about government and history,” said WDay.com.

Grand Forks Public Schools, the third-largest city in the state, is the first to implement the proficiency standard since North Dakota mandated the requirement, the article says.

Using the help of 11 social studies teachers, the district crafted a multiple-choice exam that is given to students in eighth and eleventh grade to correspond to appropriate U.S. history classes.

Though about 88 percent of students who took a practice exam proved to be proficient last year, the school system’s administration said support would be readily available to students struggling to pass.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/22/2016

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