- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Parents can opt their children out of tests in Utah schools, but students won’t be able to skip a new statewide civics exam if they want to graduate high school.

The State School Board approved a new policy Friday to resolve a conflict between two new state laws, one that allows people to skip tests mandated by the state or federal government and another that requires students pass a U.S. citizenship test.

The body decided that students can opt out, but those who do won’t get a diploma.

The aim is to make students more informed citizens, but teachers say too many tests already cut into teaching time.

The idea comes from the Arizona-based Joe Foss Institute, which wants to see similar laws in all 50 states.

The Deseret News first reported the new policy.

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