ADE Civics Test Procedures
2015-2016 School Year
In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064). This bill will require students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a 100 item civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificate. The complete text of the statute is available at
Which Grades Take the Test in SUSD?
During the 2015-2016 school year, the Civics Test will be administered to 8th grade middle school students and high school students in grades 9-12.
All students in grade 8 will be provided by their school with an opportunity to take the Civics Test prior to the end of Q3. Any additional opportunities for students to test in grade 8 are left to the discretion of site leadership.
Test Administration Schedule
Middle School students will test November 28th through December 22nd. ELD students in the 4-hour block will prepare and test during their ELA period and other students will test in social studies classes.
High School students will may test at any time during the course of the academic year. Sites will have the option of testing students EITHER in their social studies class or in their ECCAP class period.
Test Administration Method
The ADE versions of the 100 Civics Test items should be delivered using the Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System™ and will be archived and duplicated each time the test is administered. The online test consists of 99 multiple choice questions and one open ended response.
Preparing for Testing
The official list of 100 civics questions included on the naturalization test and free study materials are posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:
SUSD Instructional Technology Coaches have created a civics course for student review in Sunnyside LEARN which can be accessed via the link below.
Short practice tests will be available in Illuminate prior to October 30th and should be used before the administration of the actual test to ensure that students are able to log into the system and allow students to become familiar with the test format.
A quiet and comfortable testing environment, with as few distractions as possible, is ideal for the administration of this test. Students should be seated so that they cannot easily see the responses of other students. Visual aids displayed in the testing room that could assist students while testing should be removed or covered completely.
Students who use accommodations in classroom assessments should be offered the same or similar accommodations for the Civics Test. Contact Hans Schot, District Testing Coordinator for any questions regarding testing accommodations.
Illuminate rosters for each testing window will be created and maintained by district personnel. The test will only be available during certain hours based on the time the school is actually administering the test. Each window will have a different version of the Civics Test that is protected with a different password each day. Sites will be provided with the name of the test and a list of the daily passwords before the start of the testing window. Passwords are not to be given to students prior to testing.
At the beginning of the testing session, the test administrator will facilitate each student logging into the Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System™, and guide them to the appropriate test, and provide the test’s password.
It is expected that ethics and professionalism regarding test administration shall be upheld by test administrators at all times. During the session, test administrators may answer student questions regarding the test directions, but may not answer questions about test content.
Test administrators may not influence students’ responses by any method including making any kind of gestures (for example, pointing to items, holding up fingers to signify item numbers or answer options). Test administrators may not instruct students to go back and reread/redo responses after they have completed testing.
During the administration of the Civics Test, test administrators must actively monitor the room at all times. Test administrators should move unobtrusively about the room to ensure that students are using only appropriate testing materials and to check that students are progressing through the test. This includes confirming that no additional tabs or applications are running on student devices during testing. Students may not use the computer for non-testing activities or have access to their cell phones or other electronic devices until the end of the test session.
At the end of the testing session, the test administrator is to ensure that each student has submitted the test and logged out the Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System™. In the event a student is unable to complete the Civics Test during the assigned period, the test administrator must ensure that the student pauses the test and logs out so the student may continue testing at the soonest available opportunity.
In the event of a testing incident, test administrators should immediately report the event to their site’s testing coordinator. Testing incidents include, but are not limited to, technical difficulties, improper test administration, improper test accommodations, or cheating. Site testing coordinators will then contact Hans Schot, District Testing Coordinator for procedural incidents or Frank McCormick, Instructional Technologies Coordinator, for technical issues.
To receive a passing score, students must correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions on the Civics Test. A report of students who score 59% will be generated in order to review the constructed response question for scoring and point assignment. A correct response will then be applied to the student’s overall total score to provide for a passing grade.
Student who do not score 60% or higher will be required to retest. Students receiving special education services are exempt from obtaining a passing score unless otherwise required by an IEP.
Each student may retake the test as many times as necessary to ensure a passing score. Eighth grade students are not required to retest until their freshman year. However, if middle school sites elect to offer grade eight students a second opportunity, a testing window can be established by request in quarter 4.
HS students who do not meet a score of at least 60% may be moved into civics specific ECCAP classes for review. New testing windows will be established quarterly and students will have the opportunity to test at least during each nine-week quarter of the school year.
Civics Test results will be available in the Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System™ immediately upon test completion and will be available to any staff member with system access to the student(s).
Final results will be posted to PowerSchool the week following the close of the assessment window and will permit reporting of students who have not met the Civics Test graduation requirement.
Beginning the 2015-2016 school year, high school transcripts will list the date and passing grade for students who have met the Civics Test Graduation Requirement. Students who pass the Civics Test in 8th grade will have results posted on their high school transcripts beginning their freshman year.
School personnel should first contact their site testing coordinators with any questions regarding the Civics Test. Site testing coordinators may contact Hans Schot, District Testing Coordinator for procedural questions or Frank McCormick, Instructional Technologies Coordinator, for technical questions.