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ERIC Number: ED141233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Social Studies Learning of California Seventh Grade Students: A Report to the California Legislature, as Required by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 139.
California State Board of Education, Sacramento.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
The aims of the report are threefold: (1) to assess the general level of social studies learning of seventh grade students in California public schools; (2) to provide a comparison of the general level of social studies learning to those of other curriculum areas; and (3) to provide a comparison of the relative level of social studies learning by students in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Two different test instruments were administered to a sample of seventh grade students in approximately 65 schools throughout California. The "Sequential Tests of Educational Progress" (STEP), a standardized test, was administered to assess the level of performance of California students in relation to students nationwide. Second, a new test, the "California Social Studies Test" (CSST), was developed to identify particular areas of strength and weakness in the social studies learning of California students. California students performed below the national average on STEP. The CSST revealed areas of strength including knowledge of government, identifying values and value conflicts, making inferences about cultural practices, and acceptance of others. Areas of weakness were knowledge of social science concepts, work-study skills, comprehension of social studies text, and knowledge of rights and responsibilities. Scores for students in suburban communities and medium-size cities were slightly higher than scores for students in urban and rural communities. (MK)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Evaluation Methods, Grade 7, National Competency Tests, Performance Tests, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Social Studies, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation
Sales Unit, Bureau of Publications, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, California 95802 ($0.65 paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Board of Education, Sacramento.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sequential Tests of Educational Progress