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N. Dakota Proposes Citizenship Test to Graduate High School

By    |   Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:12 AM

Students in North Dakota may have to pass a citizenship test as a condition of high school graduation, The Associated Press reports.

The state's first lady, Betsy Dalrymple, appeared with state legislators on Monday to announce a proposal for a test, set to be put in place by 2016.

Prospective graduates would have to pass the 100-question, civics-inspired exam, while students who are immigrants who have applied for citizenship would have to correctly answer six to 10 questions randomly selection from the test, given to them verbally.

"The goal is to know basic facts about our Republic," Dalrymple said, noting the current lack of focus on civics in schools.

Legislators are expected to take up the measure in January. The push in North Dakota for a state exam follows on the heels of other states that are considering similar legislation, including South Dakota, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah, the AP noted.

Sam Stone, of the nonprofit Arizona-based Joe Foss Institute, which is behind the new state test proposal, noted that while most students can identify Lady Gaga, for example, few can name Supreme Court justices or the nation's founders, the AP said.

"Kids have an amazing knowledge of pop culture. We just wish some of this critical information also is what's being absorbed by students," added Stone.

"We want this test to be a first step in the rebirth of civics education," he said. "The more young people know, the more they vote, engage in government and take responsibility about their future," he said.

The proposed legislation, similar to an exam required for U.S. citizenship, has bipartisan support, The Daily Caller reported.

Arizona introduced a similar measure in September, Breitbart reported.

"Every single student in Arizona and across the United States of America should have basic knowledge and understanding of American government. Civics is just common sense," noted the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Steve Montenegro, a Republican state House speaker and one-time immigrant who came to the U.S. from El Salvador.

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