US Civics Test

Effective January 1, 2016, every public school student must pass a basic civics test, or alternate assessment, as a condition for receiving a high school diploma in the state of Utah.

The Utah State Board of Education has partnered with UEN to create a web resource regarding this new requirement:

http://www.uen.org/american-civics-education/

The students must pass a test comprised of 50 questions selected from the 100 questions on the United States Customs and Immigration Service civics assessment that can be found here: Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test.  Passing the test is defined in the legislation as answering 35 or more correctly.

  • The Civics test will be administered as a multiple-choice test.
  • Students may retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.
  • The legislation allows for an alternate assessment to be given to those students who are deemed by the LEA as qualifying for an alternative assessment.  The state board is making rules pertinent to this law and more details about the alternate assessment will be forthcoming.
  • During the 2016-17 school year, the citizenship test will be offered in grades 8-12 History classes.  Students who are seniors should be given 3 opportunities to pass the test at their school and if they need more chances to pass they should plan to make an appointment to take this at the JATC, proctored by the online test proctor.  They can call Melissa Bowdren in Curriculum to make an appointment.  Senior students may also have the test administered orally.
  • The test will be administered paper and pencil.
  • Testing results will be entered in Skyward and a "passed" indicator will print on transcripts.

If you have any questions about the US Civics test, please contact Pam Su'a at 801-567-8320 or pamela.sua@jordandistrict.org.