Arkansas recently joined several other states in requiring graduating high schoolers to pass citizenship tests.

New laws require all high-schoolers in Arkansas to pass the same test as immigrants seeking citizenship.

At least fifteen other states require high school students to pass the civics section of the naturalization exam for immigrants.

Students must pass a 100 question exam with a minimum of 60 correct multiple-choice responses. The citizenship test is a diploma requirement that has been a subject of debate since it became law in Arizona and North Dakota in 2015.

Advocates of the citizenship test seek more engaged and patriotic students.

They believe that the citizenship test will empower students to have more empathy toward immigrants.

Critics see the test as redundant at best and, at worst, a way to unnecessarily hinder students from high school graduation.

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