- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota has become the second state in the union to adopt a law requiring high school students to take the same test that immigrants must pass to become a U.S. citizen.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the measure Friday that sailed through North Dakota’s Senate and House this month.

First lady Betsy Dalrymple has promoted the legislation and co-chaired a committee to make it state law.

The legislation requires students to correctly answer 60 percent of the 100 questions on the U.S. citizenship test to graduate high school or earn a GED diploma starting in the 2016-2017 school year. Students must achieve a 70-percent passing grade in subsequent years.

Earlier this month Arizona became the first state to require passage of a civics test to graduate high school.


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