HB 1776

85(R) - 2017
House Public Education
House Public Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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Trent Ashby


Dan Huberty

Bill Caption

Relating to including a civics test in the graduation requirements for public high school students and to eliminating the United States history end-of-course assessment instrument.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 1776, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a positive impact of $2,041,358 through the biennium ending August 31, 2019. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would have every student entering high school in the 2018-2019 school year take a civics test that mirrors the United States citizenship test. This bill would also eliminate the US History end of course assessment requirement, effectively replacing it with the Civics test.  The Civics test must be taken electronically under the supervision of an administrator and the commissioner cannot limit the amount of tries a student has to pass the test.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Although this bill does not have an effect on our liberty principles, we are amicable to the idea of a Civics test being administered in public schools. It represents a chance for US government class assessments to be fact-based and less subjective than some public school curriculum tends to be on these issues.