Bill to require civics test as graduation requirement passes Senate

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INDIANAPOLIS — A bill authored by State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) that would require students to pass a civics test to graduate high school passed the Senate Thursday by a vote of 31-17.

Senate Bill 132 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.

“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.”

SB 132 will now be considered by the House of Representatives.