January 2, 2015

THE COMMON CORE

Indiana mulls putting high schoolers to same civics test immigrants take (FoxNews.com, 1/02/15)

An Indiana lawmaker says high school grads ought to know at least as much about civics as the nation's newest citizens, and he wants to put them to the test.

Under a measure proposed by Hoosier State Senate Education Committee Chairman Dennis Kruse, a Republican, students who want to graduate high school would be required to pass the same civics test as immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. He plans to introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session, which convenes next week.

"I believe that if we're asking someone from a foreign country to know this information, that our own citizens ought to know it," Kruse told the paper.

Kruse has not completed a draft of the bill, but said it would require public school students to correctly answer at least 60 percent of the 100 civics questions that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services uses to administer its naturalization test. Immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship are asked 10 of those 100 questions at random and must get six correct to pass.

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