First duty to graduate, pass civics


Jazmyne Compehos, Kylie Grullon, Leilani Bernardo

Graduation requirements changed for the 2019-2020 school year. CCSD is now requiring seniors pass a civics test in order to receive a diploma. Students must receive a 60% or higher and the test can be taken three times, anytime during the school year.

“Honestly I don’t think I’m going to pass,” senior Danielle Caronia, who is taking AP government, said.

Already having to make time to study for her regular tests, the civics test has come in the way and put pressure on her shoulders. With studying, looking over representatives and learning amendments, it is a lot to review. She feels as if the school is putting way too many new rules and policies for students to act upon.

Teachers also just found out about the civics test in late September, making it feel like a rush for them just as much as the students.  However, government teachers will be going over all the information that may be on the test and giving out test reviews, so it is best for seniors to study if they expect to graduate.

“I do think it’s knowledge that all citizens should have,” Mr. Brandt Smith said. “I don’t like the way that it was implemented in a rush this year. Teachers need to reschedule their lesson plans and stop the curriculum to fit the test into the year. We are where we are.”