In 2015 Arizona passed the American Civics Act, which requires students to pass a 100-question civics test in order to graduate from high school. This test is similar to the test given during the naturalization and citizenship process, and it includes history, geography, and civics questions that address K-12 social studies standards.
Students in the graduating class of 2017 must pass the Civics Test in order to graduate.
In 2015-2016, the test was administered to 8th grade students, sophomores, and juniors in our middle and high schools. Students who passed this test have passed the state requirement and will not need to retake the test.
In 2016-2017, all 8th grade students and sophomores will be given an opportunity to take the test through their social studies class.
In 2016-2017, high school freshmen, juniors and seniors who have not yet passed the Civics Test will have multiple opportunities to take the test during the school year. High schools will publish their Civics Test schedule at the start of the year. For students who want additional support in passing the test, a PVOnline study course is available. Contact your child’s high school for more information.