Center for History Education and Howard County Public School System
The ARCH project, developed through a Teaching American History grant partnership between the Howard County Public School System (Maryland) and the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), is a framework for assessment that measures the process of historical thinking, as well as the retention of prior knowledge. As effective history instruction relies on active student learning of the reading, writing, and analytical skills involved in historical inquiry, effective assessment items should measure how well that learning has taken place. Read more
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.
David Johnson or Rebecca Bush--Project Co-Directors
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
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.
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.