Part of becoming a United States citizen is taking a test, and a new study shows that Texans need to brush up on their history, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
A new survey of 41,000 Americans, done by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, asked the type of basic history questions that are found on the exam that is given to immigrants. Nationwide, only four-in-ten could pass.
"In Texas, it was actually a little worse. Only 37-percent of Texans were able to pass this exam," spokesman Patrick Riccards says.
The survey found only 15 percent of American adults could correctly answer the year the U.S. Constitution was written and only 25 percent knew how many amendments there are to the U.S. Constitution. One-in-four did not know that freedom of speech was guaranteed under the First Amendment.
"Whether it's in Texas or across the country, we don't know who our three main opponents were in World War II," he says.
In Texas, only three-percent of those surveyed got an A on the citizenship test.
The top five states were Vermont, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Virginia.
The five lowest-performing states were all in the south: Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.
In Louisiana, about three-quarters of the people surveyed failed the citizenship test. Riccards says that's just sad.
"What it does more than anything is tells us that the way that we are teaching American history to our young people is not working."