A new requirement that high school students must pass a civics test is being considered in several states. and is being implemented in North Dakota.
Students will answer 1oo questions on a civics test this spring. North Dakota is the second state in the nation to adopt the requirement of the test. The test is based on the Immigration and Naturalization test that new citizens must take, and draws from the questions covering government and history.
Students who graduate next year will pass the test by achieving 60 percent or greater. Those who graduate in 2018 and after must achieve 70 percent. The test will be taken during their U.S. History class.
Students can retake the test as many times as necessary and will be given support for preparing for the test. Teachers have planned to administer the test to their grades at the time that the subject matter of the test is studied in class. “We want to have as many options for them to be as successful as possible,” said Gabe Dahl, assistant principal at Central High School. Dahl is a civics test committee member.