North Dakota became the second state to require high school students to pass a civics test to graduate, when Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) signed the bill into law last week.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill in January making his state the first to have the civic test high school graduation requirement, and Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota are also considering similar measures.
“This requirement will help ensure that our high school students develop an understanding of the principles that our nation was founded on,” Dalrymple said in a statement. “Understanding our civic rights and duties empowers us all to bring about positive change that moves North Dakota and our nation forward.”