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Current Issues and Events (UIL)

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Current Issues and Events (commonly known as Current Events) is one of several academic events sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. The contest began in the 1990-91 scholastic year.


Current Events is designed to test students' knowledge and understanding of significant events which have taken place during the current school year.


Students in Grade 9 through Grade 12 are eligible to enter this event. All grades compete in one division.

The test covers current events which have taken place during the school year. For testing purposes, the following test ranges are implemented (2009 school year).

District: Sept 1, 2008 – Feb 1, 2009

Region: Nov 1, 2008 – March 1, 2009

State: Dec 1, 2008 – April 1, 2009

Each school may send up to four students; however, in districts with more than eight schools the district executive committee can limit participation to three students per school. In order for a school to participate in team competition, the school must send at least three students.

Rules and Scoring

The test consists of two parts, a multiple choice section and an essay section.

The multiple choice section consists of 40 questions. The questions may be answered in any order; there is no penalty for skipping questions.

The essay section follows, which may include a quote or two and a prompt. The contestant must write an informative essay explaining the issue, while answering any questions in the prompt.

Both sections must be completed in one hour; students who do not attempt the essay section are immediately disqualified. No time warning is given during the test; at the end of 60 minutes contestants must cease writing.

The multiple choice section is scored first. Contestants are given one point for each question answered correctly, with no points being deducted for incorrect answers.

After the multiple choice section is scored, the top eight students will have their essays scored. The essays are judged based on a holistic grading criteria of ten points. The rubric can be found here [1]

The multiple choice section and the essay section make up the student's individual points. For the team competition, the top three individual multiple choice scores from a school are added together.

Determining the Winner

The top three individuals and the top team (determined based on the scores of the top three individuals) will advance to the next round. In addition, within each region, the highest-scoring second place team from all district competitions advances as the "wild card" to regional competition (provided the team has four members), and within the state, the highest-scoring second place team from all regional competitions advances as the wild card to the state competition. Members of advancing teams who did not place individually remain eligible to compete for individual awards at higher levels.

For in individual competition; the essays of the tied contestants are judged against each other to break the tie.

For team competition, the score of the fourth-place individual is used as the tiebreaker. If a team has only three members it is not eligible to participate in the tiebreaker. If the fourth-place score still results in a tie, the individual tiebreaker rules will not apply, and all remaining tied teams will advance. At the state level ties for first place are not broken.

For district meet academic championship and district meet sweepstakes awards, points are awarded to the school as follows:

  • Individual places: 1st--15, 2nd--12, 3rd--10, 4th--8, 5th--6, and 6th--4.
  • Team places: 1st--10 and 2nd--5.
  • The maximum number of points a school can earn in Current Issues and Events is 47.
  • Individual

    NOTE: For privacy reasons, only the winning school is shown.


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