Indiana lawmakers weigh bill to require civics test as graduation requirement

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A bill under consideration in the Indiana Statehouse would require Hoosier students to pass a civics test in order to graduate high school.

Senate Bill 132, authored by State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn), would require the state to administer an exam to students in grades eight through 12 that consists of material identical to the United States Civics Test given to those seeking U.S. citizenship. The legislation passed the Senate Thursday by a vote of 31-17.

“Studies show that people in our country do not know basic civics, which is why we need measures in place to guarantee our students are retaining this information in school,” Kruse said. “If we’re requiring those seeking citizenship in the U.S. to know this material, we need to ensure our students know the same information, and I believe this exam would help resolve this issue.”

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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