SC-James B. Edwards Civics E
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|Policy Focus||Assessment Required for Graduation|
|Initiating Entity||State Legislature|
|Description||(A)For purposes of this section, 'civics test' means the one hundred questions that, as of January 1, 2015, and updated accordingly, officers of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services use in order that the applicants can demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of United States history and the principles and form of United States government, as required by 8 U.S.C. 1423.
(B)As part of the high school curriculum regarding the United States government required credit, students are required to take the civics test, as defined in subsection (A), provided there is no cost to a school or school district for obtaining and giving the test, but are not required to obtain a minimum score. However, a student who receives a passing grade, as determined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or better, may be recognized by the school district. This requirement applies to each student enrolled in a public or charter school in this State. This requirement does not apply to a student who is exempted in accordance with the student's individualized education program plan. (C)Each public school, including charter schools, must report the percentage of students at or above the designated passing score on the test to the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee which must then include such on the school report card.
|Reference Code||James B. Edwards Civics Education Initiative, 2015 Bill Text SC S.B. 437
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/bills/437.htm State Law: f S.C. Code § 59-29-240