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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Want to Test Students' Civic Knowledge

Lawmakers OK civics knowledge test for Pennsylvania middle and high school students

Pennsylvania students may soon be facing a new test on civics knowledge, but they won't have to pass it in order to graduate.

The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for a bill that mandates a locally developed test of U.S. history, government and civics.

The test would be administered to students in grades seven through 12.

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Those who get a perfect score will qualify for a certificate developed by the state Education Department.

Schools will have to report how many students were deemed to have passed the test.

Supporters say there's an alarming lack of civics knowledge among American adults.

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