TALLAHASSEE -- Hoping to turn out students who wouldn't embarrass themselves if quizzed on national television, Florida lawmakers are poised to enact a law that would force kids to pass a middle school civics test in order to get to high school.
``I call this the anti-Jay Leno bill,'' said state Senator Nancy Detert, the bill's sponsor, referring to the host's ``Jaywalking'' segment. ``Because I'm not amused by the fact that nobody knows anything about their government -- although they all have an opinion.''
Florida law says students in middle school must take social studies courses, including civics, but does not require them to pass a test to be promoted.
That would change under the bill. The test would make up 30 percent of a child's final grade in the 2013 school year; by 2014-15, a student would have to pass the test in order to complete the course and move on.
Test results would factor into school grades by the 2013-14 school year.
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