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States Consider Making U.S. Citizenship Test Graduation Requirement

States Consider Making U.S. Citizenship Test Graduation Requirement

States across the U.S. are considering making it a graduate requirement for students to pass a 100-question U.S. citizenship test.

Students in North Dakota will have to pass the U.S. citizenship test “if lawmakers approve a bill this spring,” said an article on BismarkTribune.com

According to the article, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and first lady Betsy Dalrymple “announced the measure Monday, alongside House Education Committee Chair Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck, who will sponsor the bill during the upcoming legislative session,” said the article.

“To pass, students would have to answer at least 60 questions correctly,” the article said. “Immigrants seeking citizenship are given 10 of the 100 questions on the civics portion of the naturalization test and must get at least six right.”

The test, the article said, “asks questions about American government, geography and history such as ‘What is an amendment?’ and ‘What is one reason colonists came to America?’” Other states, including South Dakota, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah, are considering the new graduation requirement, according to Sam Stone, national campaign manager for the Civics Education Initiative.

“Stone’s organization is pushing to get similar bills through all 50 states by Sept. 17, 2017, to mark the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution,” the article said. “The push to get kids taking the test came out of a 2013 board meeting of the Joe Foss Institute, which aims to promote knowledge of freedom and patriotism among youth.”

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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