Only 37% of Florida high school students who took the state’s new civic literacy exam passed during the 2021-2022 school year, but education officials expect civic literacy among students to improve as more school reforms are implemented.

The Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE) was administered to Florida high school students who were enrolled in a government class during the most recent school year. The test, which aims to promote an understanding of the nation’s democratic principles, key U.S. Supreme Court cases and landmark congressional laws, was developed after legislation passed last year to improve civics education.

Passage rates varied greatly around the state, ranging from a high of 98% at a lab school operated by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton to 3% in the Jefferson County School District. More than 157,000 students took the test.