Passing Civics Exam Now Required

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In order to graduate high school in Arkansas, students must pass a civics exam.

Beginning Monday, Arkansas’ public schools can start administering a civics exam now required for graduation. The civics exam is identical to the test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for naturalization purposes. All high school students, starting with this year’s juniors, are required to answer at least 60 of the 100-question test correctly to graduate. In order to get a General Educational Development certificates you must also pass the exam.

The state Board of Education passed the guidelines for the exam on Thursday.

The multiple-choice exam will be administered online through a platform called Moodle and there will be no cost to students or school districts. The test may also be administered by any teacher.

Arkansas becomes the tenth state to require public high school students pass a civics exam to graduate. Arizona was the first state to enact such requirements of high school graduates in 2015.

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