New Proposal May Require High Schoolers To Pass U.S. Citizenship Test

April 15, 2014Apr 15, 2014

By 2017, high schoolers across America may need to pass a civics exam to graduate similar to the U.S. citizenship test taken by immigrants hoping to obtain U.S. citizenship. 

An initiative birthed out of North Dakota proposes testing high school students on basic facts of American history such as "How many amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?" and "What were the original 13 states?"

The idea was pioneered by North Dakota's first lady Betsy Dalrymple and the state School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, but a spokesperson for the initiative says the goal is to pass similar laws in every state. 

According to a recent Fox News article, eight states (including North and South Dakota) are currently in support. Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah are considering similar bills. 

"Every single student in Arizona and across the United States of America should have basic knowledge and understanding of American government," said Arizona State Rep. Steve Montenegro (R), according to Fox News.

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