Constitution Test for new 8th graders
It is an Illinois state law that every middle school student must pass a constitution test before entering high school. DMS students take the test as 7th graders while studying the Revolutionary War Era. New 8th grade students will receive study packets, which includes information pertaining to the federal and state governments. Students can locate answers to practice worksheets from the packet and can use my answer key to find answers to difficult questions. Students may see me for help in the morning or during studyhall. If there are any government changes after the school year begins, students are to learn what is in the packet and on the practice quizzes for the test. The test is approximately 105 points. It is an abbreviated version from the test taken in 7th grade. It will take approximately 40 minutes or less to take.
Some students need only take the Illinois portion of the test and will be given that portion to study. It is approximately 35 points.
The test is on a pass/fail basis and will not affect the student's current grade. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 243-7778. Students should take this before winter break.
The following items are given to students in class either at the beginning of the year or when they transfer to DMS midyear. They are updated every year because elected officials may change. Note: if the elected official changes mid year after I have given students the information, they are to know the people on the informational sheets given, not the newly elected official.
Illinois State Board of Education
Civics and Patriotism
(105 ILCS 5/27 3) (from Ch. 122, par. 27 3)
Sec. 27 3. Patriotism and principles of representative government — Proper use of flag — Method of voting Pledge of Allegiance.
American patriotism and the principles of representative government, as enunciated in the American Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the proper use and display of the American flag, shall be taught in all public schools and other educational institutions supported or maintained in whole or in part by public funds. No student shall receive a certificate of graduation without passing a satisfactory examination upon such subjects. Instruction shall be given in all such schools and institutions in the method of voting at elections by means of the Australian Ballot system and the method of the counting of votes for candidates. The Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited each school day by pupils in elementary and secondary educational institutions supported or maintained in whole or in part by public funds. (Source: P.A. 92 612, eff. 7 3 02.)