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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill is headed to Gov. Jack Dalrymple that would require North Dakota high school students to take the same test that immigrants must pass to become a U.S. citizen.

North Dakota's Senate approved the measure Tuesday by a 43-4 vote. The proposal also sailed through the House earlier this month by an 85-1 vote.

The legislation requires students to correctly answer 60 percent of the 100 questions on the U.S. citizenship test to graduate high school or earn a GED diploma starting in the 2016-2017 school year. Students must achieve a 70-percent passing grade in subsequent years.

First lady Betsy Dalrymple has been a big supporter of the bill and co-chaired a committee to make it state law.

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