Senate and House committees Thursday overwhelmingly passed bills that would make passage of a civics test a requirement for high school graduation. The identical bills would require students get at least 60 out of 100 questions right on

a test that mirrors the same test immigrants undergoing naturalization take. Questions would include naming the President and identifying the three branches of government. Chandler Republican Steve Yarbrough, the Senate bill’s sponsor, says knowledge of government definitely has value to it, and as much, warrants measurement in an academic environment.

But opponents say the proposals amount to an unfunded mandate that can bog down teachers and eat up valuable classroom time. Others love the bill’s concept, but are concerned about the logistics.

Governor Doug Ducey has expressed eagerness in signing the bills.

–Barbara Villa