The following 10 citizenship questions were randomly selected from the US Citizenship test and given to 1,350 public high school students by the Goldwater Institute. Only 3.5% of those students passed by getting 6 or more of the answers correct. Look over the questions and see how well you do. Let me know how many you know. I have provided a link to a news article on the results.
In a few days I will add a comment that considers why and if these results matter. I am interested in your thoughts and questions particularly those that relate to how these results inform or hinder a discussion about standards and enduring and essential learning.
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?
3. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
4. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
5. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
6. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
7. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
8. We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?
9. Who was the first president?
10. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
Answers and % of students who got them correct.
1. Answer: The Constitution. correct 29.5 percent
2. Answer: The Bill of Rights. correct 25 percent
3. Answer: The Senate and the House. correct 23 percent
4. Answer: Nine. correct 9.4 percent
5. Answer: Thomas Jefferson. correct 25.3 percent
6. Answer: Atlantic. correct 58.8 percent
7. Answer: Democratic and Republican. correct 49.6 percent
8. Answer: Six. correct 14.5 percent
9 Answer: Washington. correct 26.5 percent
10. Answer: The president. correct 26 percent