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ARIZONA CIVICS TESt
Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, high school graduates are required to pass (60/100) a civics test identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Special education students with an Individualized Education Plan are only required to pass the civics test if it is mentioned in the student's IEP. As a courtesy, the Arizona Department of Education, with help from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona educators, has developed a mostly multiple choice version of the required test.
New Legislation Signed in 2022: There is new legislation that was signed into law in 2022 that requires students graduating in 2026 and after must have a passing score of 70/100. If a student graduates in 2026, and has already taken the civics test and scored a 60-69, they will need to retest and score a 70/100 sometime before they graduate in 2026.
Beginning in 2023-2024, LEAs are now required to report civics test aggregate data by grade level. More information on reporting to come.
Districts must collect the following data by grade level:
Percentage of passing students
Percentage of failing students
No personal student data is to be collected. Students may test between grades 7-12.