ERIC Number: ED407355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Civics Framework for the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.; American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
The material provides a comprehensive look at the design, goals, and methods to be used in the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics Assessment. This assessment will attempt to gauge the civic knowledge and skills of the nation's 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students. To do well on the assessment, students will have to show broad knowledge of the U.S. constitutional system and the workings of civil society. They also will be required to demonstrate a range of intellectual skills; identify and describe important information, as well as, evaluate information and defend positions with appropriate evidence and careful reasoning. The Framework for the 1998 Civics Assessment outlines the components and methodology used in the assessment and discusses the current status of civics and government instruction, as well as past NAEP assessments. The Framework lists five enduring and significant questions that frame the knowledge component of the assessment: (1) What are civic life, politics, and government? (2) What are the foundations of the American political system? (3) How does the government established by the Constitution embody the purposes, values, and principles of American democracy? (4) What is the relationship of the United States to other nations and to world affairs? and (5) What are the roles of citizens in American democracy? The Framework identifies key components of intellectual and participatory skills such as explaining, analyzing, interacting, and monitoring. The guide also describes expected knowledge for each grade level as well as terminology used in the assessment. Various appendices listing goals and corresponding grade levels in tabular formats conclude the document. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Educational Assessment, Educational Background, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 8, Knowledge Level, Law Related Education, National Surveys, Research Design, Social Studies, Student Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.; American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
IES Cited: ED435584; ED438285