Posted: Jan 12, 2016 4:21 PM
Updated: Jan 19, 2016 8:48 AM
Posted By: Kelsey Murphy
What does the U.S Constitution do? How many U.S Senators are there?
These are just a few questions that high school seniors could be required to answers correctly. If they don’t, it could mean no graduation. Senator Bob Krist is proposing a bill that would require Nebraska high school students to pass an American civics test before graduation. “When we graduate from high school we should have a grasp on how great this country is and how we got here,” Senator Bob Krist, District 10, said. It’s part of the National Civics Education Initiative. The questions are drawn from the naturalization test given to people entering the United States.
I went out and asked a few college students some of those questions. Things Senator Krist says they should know.
“What did the Declaration of Independence do?”
“It’s like, are we both supposed to answer this? It gave us our freedom right?” Kacie Hughes, Allison Redwine, students, said.
“How many U.S Senators are there? Uh 50?” Jamie Musil, student said. “Correct answer, 100.”
The legislation states that students would have to answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass. Senator Krist says it should not add additional stress for schools, or the students. You can take the test online and as many times as you would like. “It’s not intended to stump anyone; it’s not intended to keep anyone from graduating. What it is intended to do is teach you about civics, so it’s a learning test,” Senator Krist said.
If passed, Nebraska would be the tenth state that requires it. Again the bill is in its early stages. Nothing is officially law yet.
Here is a link if you would like to try the test for yourself. http://civicseducationinitiative.org/take-the-test/