Bill Information Edit

Senate Bill 192

Title: AN ACT relating to civics education in public schools

Sponsor: Jared Carpenter

Date Introduced: February 17, 2016

Final Resolution: Died in House Education Committee.

What Does It Do? Edit

Requires all public high school students to pass a civics test in order to receive a diploma. The Kentucky Department of Education will compose the examination with 100 questions with a minimum passing score of a 60%.

A student will have the opportunity to take the test as many times as necessary in order to pass the examination and graduate from high school.

What Are the Politics? Edit

Pros Edit

Potentially could enhance students responsibilities as a federal, state, and local citizen

A student can take the exam as many times as possible until he/she passes

Cons Edit

Could be controversial if students do not pass and are unable to graduate

An additional civics course may be necessary if many students struggles to pass the civics examination

If a student has a difficult time passing the examination and is required to take it multiple times he/she may be singled out be their peers and consequently bullied

Costly/Difficult to implement, and arguably unnecessary

Possibly will create bureaucratic problems within the Department of Education especially in determining what constitutes a fair test question

Major Changes During Process Edit

No amendments to this bill

Media Coverage Edit

Links Edit

Frankfort Focus


2016 Legislative Session