Florida will require high school seniors to pass civics test to graduate

Posted at 7:53 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 19:53:32-05

There are some new rules in place for high school students who want to graduate in Florida.

Students leave Coral Springs high school after a “code red” alert was lifted on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Coral Springs, Fla. Police say no one is danger and the alert has been lifted after a lockdown prompted by a report of a possible intruder. Police say Coral Springs High School security initially reported spotting someone near the campus fence. Authorities say officers found that person, a juvenile determined to be a student.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that high school seniors will now be required to pass a civics test similar to the citizenship exam taken by naturalized citizens in order to graduate.

“Most surveys typically show that less than 25% of young people are capable of answering basic questions about American government and American civics … we have to do better,” DeSantis said in a news conference Tuesday in Naples.

The governor said that at a minimum students need to possess a basic knowledge of the government and the principles of the Constitution.

He said the reason it was important because of the nature of our country. It allows citizens to be unified by their national identity.

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DeSantis did not specify when the test would be implemented. CNN reached out to the governor’s office for clarification.