Kansas attorney general promotes use of naturalization test

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas attorney general says he’d like schools in the state to give students the naturalization test that’s required of people seeking to become U.S. citizens.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday in a release that he has asked the State Board of Education to integrate the naturalization test into civics education in Kansas schools. Schmidt says citizenship isn’t always “fully understood or appreciated” by people who get citizenship automatically.

The test is something some of us may have taken at some point.  But, for those who’ve been out of school for a while, some of the answers may be a bit fuzzy.

To check out how much U.S. citizens know, KSN headed out to a Wichita school Wednesday afternoon to ask some of the students – and their parents – some of the questions on the U.S. citizenship test.

We asked Jayce Underwood to name the first U.S. president.

“Who is the first president? George Washington,” said Underwood.

Jayce got more right answers until we asked, “If the President can no longer be the president, who becomes the president?”

“I don’t know,” said Underwood.

There are other questions on the test, and if you’d like to answer ten of them, click below to take the test.

Attorney General Schmidt says schools should be encouraged to administer the naturalization test as a tool to promote civic learning and encourage exchanges between students and Kansas civic leaders.

He says the test includes questions in history and government that are basic to any understanding of the nation’s principles and how U.S. government works.

For parents like Sarah Padilla, the test is a good idea for Kansas students.

“I feel like with the way the world is kind of going I feel like every kid should, you know, kind of get not necessarily into politics but know the general basis, you know first president of the united states, I feel like middle and high school should definitely know, that’s for sure,” said Padilla.

EXTRA | Do you know the answers?

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