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.
COVID-19 Update (4/13/2020)
The Civics assessment is still required at this time. The requirement is found in statute and the State Board is unable to waive statutory requirements, however local districts and charter schools have a great deal of flexibility in meeting the requirement. LEA’s can decide how the assessment is given (e.g. multiple choice, short answer, orally) and also determine the passing threshold a student will need to meet in order to fulfill the graduation requirement.