Civics test coming to Pennsylvania schools

A civics test will have to be given at least once between grades seven through 12.

Tony Romeo
June 09, 2018 - 9:30 pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A spokesman says Gov. Tom Wolf will sign a bill passed by the legislature that will require Pennsylvania school students to take a test on U.S. civics, government and history. 

Just before a Senate vote on the bill, Andy Dinniman of Chester County – ranking Democrat on the Education Committee – said that Pennsylvania schools have put so much emphasis on the outcomes of math, English and biology tests that the teaching of other subjects has suffered.

“It has diminished the teaching of our history of this nation," Dinniman said. "It has diminished the teaching [of] our Constitution and what it means and the interpretation of that Constitution.”

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, a civics test will have to be given at least once between grades seven through 12. Students with a perfect score will get a certificate, and the state Department of Education will have to compile data on results. Passing the test, however, will not be a graduation requirement.