“About 92 percent of the people who take the citizenship test pass on their first try, according to [U.S.] immigration service data. However, Oklahoma students did not fare as well. Only about 3 percent of the students surveyed would have passed the citizenship test.
—News9 report, “75 percent of Oklahoma high school students can't name the first president of the U.S.,” Oklahoma City, 2009. The test was commissioned by the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, of which Dutcher is vice president for public policy.
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(1,000 Oklahoma high school kids’ correct answers in parentheses):
• What is the supreme law of the land? (28%)
• What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? (26%)
• What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? (27%)
• How many justices are there on the Supreme Court? (10%)
• Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? (14%)
• What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States? (61% yay!)
• What are the two major political parities in the United States? (43%)
• We elect a U.S. senator for how many years? (11%)
• Who was the first President of the United States? (23%)
• Who is in charge of the executive branch? (29%)
Of 1,000 Oklahoma high school kids, only six could answer only four or more questions correctly; 46 (4.6%) couldn’t answer any. See the answers.
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