SECTION 1. Chapter 69 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 1O the following section:-
Section 1P. All school committees and school districts shall provide for a civics test for all high school students prior to graduation. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, in order to graduate from high school or obtain a general equivalency diploma, a pupil must correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions listed on a civics test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. A pupil who does not obtain a passing score on the test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test may retake the test until the pupil obtains a passing score. Pupils who receive special education shall not be required to achieve passing scores on the civics test in order to graduate from high school.
SECTION 2. The department of elementary and secondary education shall establish rules and regulations for monitoring adherence to section 1.
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