Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse

This NCSS Social Studies Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse has been created to provide

  1. examples of social studies performance-based assessment measures conducted at local and state levels
  2. research findings that support the use of performance-based assessment to inform instruction, and
  3. existing educational policies that can inform advocacy efforts for the inclusion of social studies performance-based assessment at the local, state and national level.

NCSS does not recommend or endorse any particular compendium of assessment items; the Clearinghouse is merely a place where social studies educators can go to explore options that exist. Before selecting any assessment measure, educators are advised to carefully critique, evaluate, and select the best measure to meet the objectives of their educational program and the learning needs of their students.

Educators need to carefully budget for the reliable scoring and reporting of the results (as well as for the design and administration). The Criteria Worksheet for Selecting Assessment Measures offers a list of criteria for educators to consider when selecting assessment measures for their students.

About the NCSS Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse

Criteria Worksheet

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Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments

Beyond the Bubble features new kinds of history assessments that allow teachers to gauge whether students have mastered key historical thinking skills. These innovative assessments, called History Assessments of Thinking (HATs), prompt students to answer questions about historical sources and to justify their reasoning in two or three sentences.
Most HATs can be completed in ten minutes, some in less than five. HATs allow teachers to get a quick sense of what students do and don’t know. Teachers can use this information to adjust instruction to meet the needs of their students.

Web Link to Resource:

Stanford History Education Group
Organization website:
Sam Wineburg
Contact email:


485 Lasuen Mall Stanford Graduate School of Education
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

K-12 assessments from WA

Washington state developed assessments for social studies K-12. These resources give a general rubric and structure to be used to assess social studies skills and content. Teachers choose their own specific topics and formats, and the rubric provides uniformity in scoring structure.

Scroll down to the table and look at the models that are provided for each subject area and grade level.

Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Organization website:
Carol Coe
Contact email:

PASST (Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking) Project

The PASST Project is a new approach to social studies assessment. Developed by teachers and leaders of social studies curriculum in the State of Michigan, each PASST item has been designed using a blended approach to assess both the knowledge and skills essential for student mastery of standards in social studies. The integration of Michigan's content expectations along with the C3 Framework and where appropriate, literacy standards from the CCSS assess comprehensive skill sets in social studies thinking.

Web Link to Resource:

PASST Development Team
David Johnson or Rebecca Bush--Project Co-Directors
Contact email:
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