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ARCH -- Assessment Resource Center for History
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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.

The ARCH features three assessment types: weighted multiple-choice items, traditional multiple-choice items, and performance assessment tasks. While sample items are included, the ARCH is not a test bank; rather, it is a resource to assist educators in developing and using new assessments and rubrics in their classrooms.

Center for History Education and Howard County Public School System
Mark Stout
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