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Arizona high schoolers will be required to pass civics test

Gov. Doug Ducey has passed 387 bills during the second session of Arizona's 55th Legislature. Most recently, he has signed bills that prioritized K-12 education, public safety, water security, infrastructure, veterans, health care and more.

Going into effect last Saturday, and starting with the Class of 2026, high school students will be required to pass the civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test. This is the two-part test immigrants must take to become U.S. citizens.

Students must score at least 70% of questions right to pass the exam, which will be reflected on their transcript with a pass or fail grade.

Each school district and charter school will be required to report the percentages of the pass and fail rates, the median score and other additional information to the Arizona Department of Education. The schools are not allowed to include personal identifiable information of any student under subsection L. 

Seventh and eighth graders will also be allowed to take this test before they are in high school. If they pass, their results will be reflected on their future high school transcripts and they will not be required to take the test again.  

On Monday, students across Arizona are spending the school day learning about the nations Constitution, founding principles and civic engagement. 

Ashley Madrigal is an intern at KJZZ. She is a senior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she is completing a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism.Originally from San Diego, Madrigal takes pride in her hometown. When she is not focusing on school work, she is coaching boxing and indoor cycling, cheering for her San Diego teams or hiking with her golden retriever.