Minnesota looking to require students to pass a civics exam before graduating

Teachers worry about student's workload

Minnesota could join other states in requiring high school students to pass a civics test before getting a diploma.

A new bill in the Capitol would require students to pass the U-S citizenship civics exam before graduating. The exam would start in the 2016-17 school year.

Some teachers have issues about adding another test requirement to the students’ workloads.

“Our students take so many tests the way it is, to get them ready for these graduation tests and that sort of thing, and another test is like ugh,” said Jason Shippy, a social studies teacher at La Crescent High School.

The new test would require students to answer at least 60% of the questions correctly. Students would be able to try to pass the test as many times as they need.

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