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American Civics Act

The American Civics Act requires that all Arizona students pass a basic civics test before graduating from high school. It was the first bill Governor Ducey signed, making Arizona the first state in the country to enact such a law.

Fulfilling a key campaign promise, Governor Ducey called on the Legislature to pass the American Civics Act in his 2015 State of the State address.

"This is an issue that can and should unite us," said Governor Ducey in January 2015. "These are our children, and not long from now, it will be for them to vote on who sits in your chairs and who stands at this podium. How can we expect them to protect the principles on which this country was founded, if we are not preparing them for that task right now?"

The American Civics Act requires high school students to correctly answer at least 60 out of 100 questions on a test identical to the civics component of the naturalization test used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You can find a copy of the USCIS Naturalization test here.

REQUEST A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

Certificate of Recognition

To request a Certificate of Recognition for high school students who have met the American Civics Act requirements, please click here. All certificates will be emailed back to the requestor in PDF form.

iCivics

Founded by Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2009, iCivics, is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in U.S. democracy. Find out more...

Meaningful Play: Play games, earn points, and put them to work supporting fellow students! Donate your points to your favorite student service project, and every semester, iCivics will support the group with the most points. 

Welcome TeachersiCivics supports you with effective and engaging digital resources for your classroom and students.

CIVICS GAME ADVANCED BY FORMER JUSTICE IS CLASSROOM HIT
November 13, 2016

Amid a contentious presidential campaign, a civics videogame from a group founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor got a lot of play in New York and New Jersey classrooms.

iCivics, a nonprofit, has released 19 free games aimed at helping students in grades 4 to 12 improve civil discourse, use evidence in arguments and understand others’ views.

Click here to read more.

ARIZONA HIGH SCHOOL CITIZEN APP
April 15, 2016

Riley Danier, a 16-year-old Primavera Online High School student, has developed a free app to help students pass the Arizona civics test, which soon will be required for students to graduate. Read more here.

Riley's app can be downloaded at Lawforkids.org. Law for Kids provides resources, information, and news on Arizona laws to kids and parents.