Only 65% of native-born Americans passed a recent test identical to the one given to individuals seeking U.S. citizenship, according to the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Ohio's Xavier University, which conducted the test by telephone. Nearly 95% of candidates for naturalization pass the same 10-question, non-multiple-choice test. Some educators said this decline in knowledge of basic civics is an unintended consequence of the increased focus on science and math in U.S. schools.

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