By Senator Orr
ENROLLED, An Act,
Relating to K-12 education; beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, to require students to successfully pass a civics test as a required component for completing the government course required in the high school course of study.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. (a) Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, as a required component for completing the government course required in the high school course of study, a student shall correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions listed on a civics test, which shall be made available in multiple choice format. For the purposes of this section, civics test means the 100 questions that, as of February 1, 2017, officers of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services use as the basis for selecting the questions posed to applications for naturalization. The civics test shall be completed as part of a required course in government. The school shall document on the transcript of the student that he or she has successfully completed the civics test as required by this subsection.
(b) The local board of education may determine the method and manner in which to administer the civics test to students. A student who does not obtain a passing score on the civics test may retake the test until he or she obtains a passing score.
(c) A special education student who is at least 18 years of age is not required to achieve a passing score on the civics test in order to graduate from high school unless he or she is learning at a level appropriate for his or her grade level in a specific academic area and unless a passing score on the civics test is specifically required in a specific academic area by the individualized education program of the student.
(d) The enforcement of this section shall comply with Section 16-1-11.1, Code of Alabama 1975.
(e) The requirements of this section may be waived by the chief school administrator for good cause for any student in the graduating class. Having taken and failed the civics test two times and otherwise having a passing grade in the course in government shall be considered good cause.
Section 2. This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.