Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, Idaho students will be required to take the United States Citizenship Test as outlined in Idaho Code §33-1602.7. The civics test may be taken at any time after enrolling in grade 7 and it may be repeated as often as necessary for the student to pass the test.
Districts are required to assess all students using the questions from the U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Test. Districts may decide how the assessment is given, i.e. multiple choice, question and answer, orally, etc. Districts will also determine the passing threshold a student will need to meet in order to fulfill the graduation requirement. Students may take the assessment anytime between their 7th and 12th grade year.
Note: The instructions on the assessment by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS website, are not the rules for district administration, but for someone to become a U.S. Citizen, please disregard.
Yes a LEA can simply indicate the student has met the Civics assessment requirement on the student's transcript. There is not a requirement for a specific Civics assessment to be given.
The state will not establish a defined test window for this assessment. We expect most students will take the assessment in their Junior or Senior year of high school, however, the law allows students to take the test any time after entering the 7th grade. The student may repeat the test as many times as is necessary in order to obtain a passing score.
The Idaho Department of Education will not create a test form. The statute requires districts use the questions found on the United States Citizenship Naturalization Test. View the USCIS website and find resources including study guides, classroom materials, and the test questions.
According to Idaho Statute §33-1602, "The applicability of this subsection to a pupil who receives special education services shall be governed by such pupil’s individualized education plan."