ERIC Number: ED405289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Geography Assessment and Exercise Specifications for the 1994 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
American Inst. for Research, Washington, DC. Washington Research Center.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.; National Council for Geographic Education.
This document lists and outlines the specific educational objectives of the content of the 1994 National Assessment of Educational Progress's Geography Assessment. The document is divided into two sections: "Assessment Specifications" and "Exercise Specifications." The "Assessment Specifications" provide an overall description of the construction, review, and scoring of the assessment. The "Exercise Specifications" detail the construction of the exercises in terms of form and content. The assessment will test students' knowledge of geography using a variety of stimulus materials, including text, graphics, data, maps, charts, photographs, and manipulable materials. Different responses will be combined with all of the above stimuli in developing items. The response modes are single correct option multiple choice items; written open-ended exercises, both short answer and extended response; production exercises, such as adding information to printed maps, designing and drawing different types of maps, and charting or graphing data; and a combination of a written response and a production item. The content of the assessment will cover the five themes of geography: location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions. These themes will be incorporated throughout three basic categories: space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections. The content outline includes fundamental concepts related to basic categories (physical geography as a subset of space and place). These concepts are followed by related educational objectives. For the aforementioned, these would include (1) understand basic terms related to the biosphere, such as prairie, savanna, tundra, soil humus, and depth and (2) compare the characteristics of major physical regions shown on a world map, and others. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Background, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 8, Knowledge Level, National Surveys, Skill Analysis, Social Studies, Test Content, Thinking Skills
National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW, #825, Washington, DC 20002-4233; (202) 357-6938.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Inst. for Research, Washington, DC. Washington Research Center.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.; National Council for Geographic Education.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress