Phx Union Uses New State-Required U.S. Citizenship Civics Test As An Opportunity to Celebrate Civics Week

Posted by Community Relations on 9/3/2015

Phoenix Union is using the new state-required U.S. Citizenship Civics test as an opportunity to celebrate Civics Week, culminating with a Naturalization Ceremony on Constitution Day, September 17 at Camelback High School.

All students enrolled in U.S./Arizona History, primarily juniors, will take the 100-question exam, September 14 and 15 during their class period. The social studies students prepare through a mini-unit and targeted review that District teachers imbedded into the curriculum during Civics Week. Over 4500 students will be tested in Phoenix Union.

Working with an organization called “Citizenship Counts,” Camelback will host the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m. on the date the U.S. Constitution was signed, September 17.

This is the first year the test is being administered. Passage is now a high school graduation requirement for Arizona students. Students must correctly answer at least 60 on the 100-question test.

“We wanted to take a holistic approach to the test that would be more meaningful for our students. Creating Civics Week at the schools, preparing for and taking the exam and celebrating our newest citizens at one of our schools is a wonderful learning experience,” Social Studies Content Specialist Katie Parod-Hansen said.