ERIC Number: ED162927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Connecticut Assessment of Educational Progress: Citizenship/Social Studies, 1977-78. Summary and Interpretations.
National Evaluation Systems, Inc., Amherst, MA.; Connecticut State Board of Education, Hartford. Bureau of Research, Planning, and Evaluation.
This report evaluates knowledge and attitudes of Connecticut students at nine, 13, and 17 years of age in the areas of citizenship and social studies. Phase I of test development was based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress model of testing at age level. The social studies skills and concepts of highest priority were developed by an advisory committee of Connecticut educators and were administered to 29 local school districts with 17,000 students participating. In addition to three objective tests, questionnaires were designed by grade level for local use in curriculum planning and evaluation. In the realm of local history students scored highest at the nine-year-old level while scores declined at the later age levels. In the areas of political science and knowledge of United States government all grade levels showed relatively low performance, while knowledge of the nature of conflict resolution was relatively high. Scores on citizenship remained constantly high, but performance on the role of political opposition was weak. Geography scores showed that students may be learning "place" geography rather than analytic/predictive skills. (MR) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Procedures (Replication).
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Citizenship, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Performance Criteria, Program Development, Scores, Social Studies, State Departments of Education, State Programs, Tables (Data), Test Interpretation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Evaluation Systems, Inc., Amherst, MA.; Connecticut State Board of Education, Hartford. Bureau of Research, Planning, and Evaluation.
Note: Tables 3-5 may not reproduce clearly due to small print size in original document