The NEW Wisconsin Civics Graduation Requirement.

Good morning, Parents.

As some of you may be aware, Act 55 establishes a new Wisconsin Civics Graduation Requirement.  This element of the 2015-17 biennial state budget requires that all students beginning with the 2016-17 graduates must pass a civics test comprised of 100 questions that are identical to the 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for US citizenship.  (Naturalization Test)  Students must correctly answer 60% or more of the 100 questions in order to pass the test.  Like many other schools, since Act 55 allows the format of the test to be up to the school/district, we plan to convert the citizenship test to an electronic multiple choice format test for ease of scoring.  In fact, we plan to use a google classroom platform so that the scoring is automatic.

Given the high stakes of this requirement, we want to be well ahead of it from a timeliness perspective with our students.  We plan to administer the test to the juniors, sophomores and freshmen this year.  In future years, we will give the test to freshmen as part of the Civics class which is the natural fit with the curriculum.  The law also stipulates that students are allowed to re-take the test as often as they wish, if they do not pass.  We plan to give the test to the three classes of students in late October or early November (depending on the class in which they are currently enrolled in) and where necessary we will allow re-takes in the week or two following the first administration of the test. Obviously, for those who do not pass the test, it would be wise to re-take the test while the topics are fresh in their memory.   Special education students are to take the test as required, but the law says that students with an IEP must complete the test but they do not have to pass it in order to graduate.  After students have passed the civics test, there will be a notation on their transcript that indicates they have passed the civics test required for graduation.

If you have any questions about the civics test, please feel free to give me a call at 920-564-2346 x 4001

Have a great week,

Scott