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North Dakota bill would require students to pass Citizenship test

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KHQ took to the the North Idaho College campus to quiz undergraduates about their civics knowledge. KHQ took to the the North Idaho College campus to quiz undergraduates about their civics knowledge.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

American Government and History -- civics -- is on the minds of North Dakota legislators as they push forward with a bill that would require all high school students to pass a U.S. Citizenship test in order to graduate high school.

If passed in the next legislative session, students would have to take a 100-question test about American government, geography and history of which they would have to get at least 60 questions right.

Some questions include: "Who controls the executive branch." "What is an amendment," and "What does the constitution do."

North Dakota isn't alone in this endeavor. According to the Bismarck Tribune, seven other states are pushing for the same bill. The hope for the Civics Education Initiative is to have the bill pushed through all 50 states by 2017.

KHQ took to the the North Idaho College campus to quiz undergraduates about their civics knowledge. Results were mixed with just as many students passing the 10 question test as there were those that failed. For some, the quiz was an eye opener telling KHQ they agreed students should be required to pass the test, "If an immigrant has to know this stuff just to live here, then we as Americans should know it all already," one student said after barely passing the test.

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