ERIC Number: ED340645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
NCSS Position Statement on Testing and Evaluation of Social Studies Students. Position Statement & Guidelines.
National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
The National Council for the Social Studies is concerned with how the social studies teaching profession can enhance learning in history and the social sciences and develop the skills necessary for participatory citizenship. The purpose of this position statement is to demonstrate how testing and evaluating social studies students can contribute to those ends. It is stated that a comprehensive evaluation plan for social studies includes use of both teacher-made achievement tests and standardized achievement tests. It is recommended that tests focus on stated curricular goals and objectives and be used to improve curriculum and instruction. Beyond traditional, objective-type paper-and-pencil tests, evaluators are strongly encouraged to utilize performance evaluation, portfolios of student papers and projects, and essays focused on higher levels of thinking. It also is recommended that social studies evaluation instruments reflect a high degree of fairness to all people and groups; this recommendation is in response to concerns that tests, particularly standardized tests, are biased against persons whose cultures or gender differ from those of the test writer. The position statement closes with a list of recommendations and guidelines for evaluating achievement in social studies. A 9-item list of references is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.