Thirteen States Now Require Grads to Pass Citizenship Test is the headline of an article in today’s Education Week.

Here’s how it begins:


Why is this statistic depressing, you might ask?

Well, I wrote a fairly extensive post about this last year headlined Yes, Schools Should Develop Active Citizens &, No, We Don’t Need Another Test To Do It, which may be worth a visit. Here’s an excerpt:

Considering my nineteen year career as a community organizer, it’s no surprise that I’m a big believer in schools helping to develop the citizenship skills of our students. However, I think making students having to study and pass yet another standardized test is a terrible, and ineffective, strategy to use in trying to achieve that goal. It’s like calling into Talk Radio – it makes some feel like they’re doing something to make a difference when, in fact, they’re doing nothing at all.