Pennsylvania governor to sign law requiring students take civics test

Pennsylvania governor to sign law requiring students take civics test

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced on Wednesday that he will sign a bill requiring students in the state to take a test on civics.

The bill, which the Pennsylvania state House passed overwhelmingly on Wednesday, will require students in grades seven through 12 to take a test on U.S. history, government and civics, The Associated Press reported.

Students will not have to pass the test in order to graduate. However, those who earn a perfect score will qualify for a certificate from the state’s Education Department.

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Schools will be mandated to report how many students passed the test. The exam itself will be locally created, according to the AP.

Supporters of the measure claim that many American adults don’t have a strong understanding of civics.

Several states passed laws last year stating that graduating seniors should pass the civics test administered to immigrants in order to earn citizenship, in response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE’s immigration crackdown.