U.S. Naturalization Test - Information for Students & Families
U.S. Naturalization Test - Graduation Requirement
Information for Students & Families
During the Spring 2021 session of the Oklahoma Legislature, House Bill (HB) 2030 was passed and then signed by the Governor. This law, HB 2030, requires all Oklahoma public school students, beginning with the Class of 2025, to take the U.S. Naturalization Test and correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions as a requirement for graduating from high school. - Legal Reference: Oklahoma Statutes - Title 70 § 11-103.6v1.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who created this test?
- The bank of questions for this test was created by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in keeping with national immigration laws. This bank of questions is also used as part of the application process to become an American citizen. The full test bank has 100 questions and these are the questions that Oklahoma law uses for this test requirement.
- Which students have to take this test?
- All students, beginning with the Class of 2025, who are enrolled in Oklahoma public schools are required to take and pass this test - traditional schools, charter schools, virtual schools - any Oklahoma public school student. School districts can begin giving it to students during the 8th grade.
- Why do students have to take this test?
- Students are required to take and pass this test because the Oklahoma Legislature passed HB 2030. This law states that all Oklahoma public school students must pass this test as a graduation requirement.
- When and how will students take this test in Moore Public Schools?
- MPS students will initially take this test during their 8th grade U.S. History & Government course. When looking at the content focus and the difficulty level of the test's questions, this course was determined to be the best fit for administering this test.
- Traditional in-person students in MPS will take the test during 8th grade. All 100 questions have been formatted in Canvas and will be assigned to students by their 8th grade U.S. History & Government teacher. This test will typically be taken during class time, but a teacher may arrange for a student who did not complete it during class or who was absent from class to take it at another time; this includes the possibility of taking it at home.
- Moore Virtual Academy (MVA) students will also take the test during their 8th grade year. MVA students will be added to the Canvas course associated with their academic graduating class and then take the test. Just like with using Edgenuity for routine MVA course work, this test can be taken at home.
- Students who transfer in to Moore Public Schools after their 8th grade year will be added to the Canvas course associated with their academic graduating class and then take the test at school, at home, or any other location that is comfortable and has internet access.
- How much time is needed to take this test?
- This is NOT a "timed test" and students can take as much time as they individually need. This includes the ability to work for a little bit, log out of Canvas and take a break, and then return exactly where the student left off.
- The amount of time needed will vary from student to student. Some students have finished within as little as 15 minutes, while other students have needed a couple of hours. It is hard to gauge how much time is truly needed since students may work at their own pace.
- What happens if they do not pass this test?
- Students may retake the test as many times as needed in order to earn a passing score. The law allows students to retake the test at least once per school year until they pass or whenever the student requests to retake it - because Moore Public Schools has the test set up in Canvas, it is very easy for students to retake the test whenever they are ready.
- In-person students who do not pass the test during their 8th grade U.S. History & Government course will be added to the Canvas course associated with their academic graduating class and then retake the test.
- Because the test is given in Canvas, students are able to use the "Grades" tab inside the Canvas course to view all previous times they have attempted to take the test. This will allow students to see specifically which questions they got correct or incorrect so that they can be better prepared for a retake.
- What support is available to help students prepare for this test?
- A study guide is provided which has the exact wording for all 100 questions as well as suggested answers for each question. The order of the questions in the study guide is the exact same order as the questions are presented on the test. The study guide is available in English as well as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
- Students who are on an IEP, 504, or ELL plan to support their learning may be eligible for additional support or accommodation for this test. Please email David Burton, MPS Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator (see below), with any specific questions related to these supports.
- If students have already taken the test but were not successful, they are able to use the "Grades" tab inside the Canvas course to view all previous times they have attempted to take the test. This will help them as they prepare for a retake because they can see specifically which questions they got correct or incorrect.
- Who sees the student scores? How are scores reported?
- Because the test is given to MPS students through Canvas, students and parents/guardians can see test scores in the "Grade" section of the Canvas course (for in-person students, the individual 8th grade U.S. History & Government teacher may have this feature turned off).
- The school and district personnel who are most likely to see individual student scores include the student's 8th grade U.S. History & Government teacher, David Burton (MPS Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator), and junior high and high school counselors and registrars. Other MPS personnel who can see individual student scores include MPS district data technicians. However, their focus is on the larger scale upload of the score data onto Infinite Campus and not on individual student scores.
- Within the "Assessment" data uploaded onto Infinite Campus, for graduation and transcript purposes, the score for this test is reported simply as "Passed", "Not Passed", or "Not Taken". If a student has taken the test and then transfers to another district, the transcript will simply report "Passed" or "Not Passed".
- Who can I contact if I have additional questions about this test?
- You may contact your student's counselor at your junior high or high school. You may also email David Burton, MPS Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator.