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U.S. Citizenship Test Gains Traction as Diploma Criterion

Amid long-standing national angst over the amount of knowledge that American public school students have of civics, one organization’s push to make the test administered to prospective U.S. citizens a high school graduation requirement is finding early momentum in many states. It’s also attracting critics concerned that the citizenship test—recently adopted as a diploma requirement in two states and the basis of legislation that’s been considered in at least 17 others—won’t do anything significant to improve students’ understanding of and engagement with the subject.