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Are You Smarter Than an Educator? This Civic Literacy Test Will Show What You Know About U.S. Politics


Take this Civic Literacy Test and see how you compare with your fellow citizens and our nation's teachers! The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the test was 49%; college educators scored 55%.

Even worse, as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute found out, the sub-sample who said they had been elected officials scored lower than the general public. These government officials scored an average score of 44% on the civic literacy test - 5 points lower than the average score of 49%.

Other findings from the sub-sample of elected officials (this is an update to original post):

  • Seventy-nine percent of those who have been elected to government office do not know the Bill of Rights expressly prohibits establishing an official religion for the U.S.
  • Thirty percent do not know that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence.
  • Twenty-seven percent cannot name even one right or freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.
  • Fifty-four percent do not know the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war.

The link to the test can be found at The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Record your test scores below, if you like, to see how you compare to educators and politicians and share with other citizens!

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