ND Students May Soon Be Required to Pass Civics Exam to Graduate
High School Students in North Dakota may soon be facing a new graduation requirement: passing a 100-question U.S. civics exam.
That may sound scary, but before you begin planning extra late-night cramming sessions, let us put your mind at ease: teachers who back the bill assure us that the average high school curriculum will not have to change -- students are already learning all they need to know to pass the exam.
The test would be similar to that taken to immigrants looking to become legal United States citizens. Students will be required to get at least 60 of the 100 questions correct to pass.
Each school district will be responsible for deciding how to implement the test, making decisions such as whether it will be given all at once or broken up in to smaller sessions, and whether it will be multiple choice or a fill-in-the-blank format. A majority of backers seem to prefer the idea of making it fill-in-the-blank, as it will require students to really know their stuff, as opposed to relying on the process of elimination or lucky guesses.
The bill, if passed, will apply to all students in the state, whether they attend public or private schools. Exceptions may be allowed for students with disabilities.
North Dakota is one of eight states currently examining similar bills.