INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana students would have to pass a 100-question citizenship test to graduate under a bill heard by a Senate panel Wednesday.
"There is a deficiency in government and civics knowledge and it's getting worse," Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said.
That's why he brought Senate Bill 132 to require students pass the same test that those becoming new citizens have to, starting in the 2020-2021 school year.
He offered the bill in 2015 but it was defeated by the full Senate. The House considered the proposal the same year but didn't take a vote in committee.
According to the Education Commission of the States, eight states require students to pass a civics test to graduate from high school. Several others require students take a civics test but don't tie passage to graduation.