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Students May Be Required to Master Civics Test

States to Require High School Students to Master U.S. Citizenship Civics Test Knowledge

Students might be encountering critical U.S. government and politics questions such as "Who created the Federalist papers" to both stay in class and graduate from high school. Knowing the answers to a U.S. Citizenship test may soon become a requirement for high school students to graduate in seven states: Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah, according to a recent Washington Post article.

This citizenship test project is run by the Civics Education Initiative, whose goal is to boost civics education in all U.S. schools and push state legislatures to require all high school graduates to pass the same exam that immigrants must pass to become a U.S. citizen, according to the article.

According to a survey conducted in 2011, only 15 percent of Americans could correctly "idenfity the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, while 27 percent knew that Randy Jackson was a judge on American idol," the article said. Only 13 percent knew the Constitution was signed in 1787, and 38 percent were able to name all three branches of government. 

"If they succeed, students graduating from high school will already know the answers to the three questions above: That John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton wrote the Federalist Papers, that there are nine members of the Supreme Court, and that the first 10 amendments are known as the Bill of Rights," the article said. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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