High school students would face new civics test under bipartisan proposal

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Todd Engdahl on March 8, 2016

Colorado students would be required to pass a civics test used by the federal government to graduate from high school under a new bill promoted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The measure, House Bill 16-148, would increase statewide testing just a year after lawmakers cut back on assessments, including Colorado’s current social studies test.

Prime sponsor Sen. Owen Hill said he’s been working on the idea for three years because “civics education has been left by the wayside” due to the education system’s focus on language arts and math.

The Colorado Springs Republican said he finally found the “right avenue” in a testing proposal being pushed nationwide by two related Arizona nonprofits, the Civics Education Initiative and the

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Social Studies funding is in final draft of education bill (ESSA).

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (redesign of No Child Left Behind) was made public today and will be voted on in the House of Representatives this week. Dedicated streams of social studies funding are included in the ESSA (sections 2231-2233). Contact your Representative immediately and ask them to vote "yes" on the ESSA.  The link below will provide resources to help you contact your members of Congress.


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