“No Child Left Behind” didn’t work. Various state laws requiring tests or threatening schools with closure if students don’t perform has a spotty record. We’re not quite sure about Common Core because we can’t seem to stop arguing about it long enough to see.
So maybe the new requirement for high school seniors to pass a civics test before being allowed to graduate — now the law in Utah and five other states — will make a difference.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.