SCS/SB 638 - This act creates the "Missouri Civics Education Initiative."
This act requires the subject of American civics to be included in the exam required for graduation from any public or private school, other than private trade schools. (Section 170.011)
Any student entering ninth grade after July 1, 2017, who is attending a public, charter, or private school, except for private trade schools, shall pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics.
The test will consist of one hundred questions similar to the one hundred questions used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Each district must adopt a policy permitting a student with a disability to receive a waiver from the basic civics test requirement if the student's IEP committee recommends it. (Section 170.345)
This act is substantially similar to HB 1646 (2016) and SCS/HCS/HB 578 et al. (2015) and is similar to SB 271 (2015) and SB 273 (2015).