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Pass a Citizenship Test?

By Admin on December 8, 2014 in Civic Blog
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100720-N-1938G-002A bill proposed in North Dakota will require all graduating high school seniors to pass the same citizenship test given to naturalized immigrants to the United States. Data shows that many Americans would have trouble passing such a test that over 97% of immigrants seeking citizenship pass.

It is part of a growing movement in states that seek to require a baseline of civic literacy to graduate from high school:

South Dakota, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah are pushing for the same type of testing, according to Sam Stone, who is spokesman for the nonprofit Joe Foss Institute. The organization is named after the late South Dakota governor who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for service during World War II. Stone says that kids today have a remarkable knowledge of pop culture, but very few know much about critical historical information.  The target is to have all US states enacting this type of law by 2017 at which time the Constitution will become 230 years old.

Should your state require high school graduates to pass a citizenship test?

The target is to have all US states enacting this type of law by 2017 at which time the Constitution will become 230 years old. North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the test would not impose any financial strain on schools since the questions are published on the US Department of Homeland Security website.

– See more at: http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/eight-states-debating-citizenship-test-for-high-school-graduation/#sthash.h3fYNd8e.dpuf

South Dakota, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah are pushing for the same type of testing, according to Sam Stone, who is spokesman for the nonprofit Joe Foss Institute. The organization is named after the late South Dakota governor who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for service during World War II. Stone says that kids today have a remarkable knowledge of pop culture, but very few know much about critical historical information.

The target is to have all US states enacting this type of law by 2017 at which time the Constitution will become 230 years old. North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the test would not impose any financial strain on schools since the questions are published on the US Department of Homeland Security website.

– See more at: http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/eight-states-debating-citizenship-test-for-high-school-graduation/#sthash.h3fYNd8e.dpuf

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