ERIC Number: ED095060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The First Social Studies Assessment: An Overview. National Assessment of Educational Progress. Report No. 03-SS-00.
Discussed in this report are the results of the first social studies assessment from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a project of the Education Commission of the States. Exercises especially designed to test the attainment of social studies skills, knowledges, and attitudes were administered to a random sampling of 9-year-olds, 13-year-olds, 17-year-olds, and adults. Among the findings are the following: (1) Less than one half of America's 17-year-olds and young adults understand how to use all parts of a simple ballot; (2) relatively few Americans can read and interpret graphs, maps, or tables effectively; (3) a rather large gap exists between the attitudes Americans profess to hold and the actions they take in specific situations; (4) young Americans generally have very little knowledge about the contributions of minority groups to our culture and history; (5) blacks show a marked disadvantage in skills, knowledge, and attitudes assessed at all age levels; (6) females outperform males on both skill and attitude exercises during the school years, but fall behind the males by age adult; and (7) Southeasterners consistently perform below the national levels of success in all three areas. (Author/RM) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Overview).
Descriptors: Achievement, Achievement Tests, Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Evaluation, Knowledge Level, National Competency Tests, Racial Characteristics, Secondary School Students, Sex (Characteristics), Skills, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Statistics (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress