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State Lawmakers Want High School Students To Pass Civics Test

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): During the upcoming state legislative session, some lawmakers want high school graduates to be able to pass a civics test.

It's the same test that immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens would take. The bill would require all public and charter school students to correctly answer more than 60% to pass, or 6 or more correct answers out of the 10 asked. Senate Education Committee Chairman Dennis Kruse from Auburn said, “I believe that if we're asking someone from a foreign country to know this information, that our own citizens ought to know it.”

The Lafayette Journal and Courier reports the test includes basic American government and history questions, such as “Who was the first President?”, “Why does the flag have 13 stripes?” and “When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?”

Around 92 percent of immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship pass the test on their first try.

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