What does summative and formative assessment in social studies look like in the 21st century? These resources provide examples of current trends in assessment and ways of thinking about best practices in the use of formative and summative assessment.
Overview of Assessment in Social Studies
Social Studies Assessment White Paper - A white paper outlining current research around social studies assessment. The paper also explores the challenges of classroom-based versus large-scale assessments and examines some existing models of thinking about assessment.
General Social Studies Assessment Resources
- Social Studies Assessments from the State of Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Beyond the Bubble - Unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create a new generation of history assessments. Developed by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), Beyond the Bubble is the cornerstone of SHEG’s membership in the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources Educational Consortium.
- Assessment Resource Center for History (ARCH)
The Problem of Knowing What Kids Know by S.G. Grant
Beyond the Bubble by Joel Breakstone
Michigan Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking (PASST) by Rebecca Bush
The Lower Level Expectations of High-Stakes Tests by Scott DeWitt
Reading, Writing and Thinking about History by Chauncey Monte-Sano
Designing Assessments Aligned with the C3 Framework
- Scoring Systems in History/Social Studies: High Quality Rubrics
- Key Features of Well Designed Rubrics
- SCALE Checklist for Quality Rubric Design
- Quality Criteria for Performance Assessment in History and Social Studies
- Performance Assessment Quality Criteria
- Selecting and Adapting Performance Assessment Tasks
- Performance Assessment Quality Rubric
- SCALE My Quality Performance Assessment Template