ERIC Number: ED474133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
The Comprehensive Social Studies Assessment Project (CSSAP) Professional Development Manual.
Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. State Education Assessment Center.; ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.
The purpose of this professional development manual is to provide materials and activities for developing and using assessments in social studies. The manual came about through the efforts of the 25 state consortium Comprehensive Social Studies Assessment Project (CSSAP) to make the alignment of assessments, curricula, and instructional programs more comprehensible to teachers, curriculum supervisors and coordinators, administrators, and state education agency personnel. Specific project objectives include: (1) support of state efforts to develop and use assessments for improving teaching and learning in civics, history, geography, and economics; (2) develop multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-response items, performance tasks, scoring guides reflecting the consensus content framework, and to pilot these with the assistance of teachers; (3) design a standards-based portfolio assessment process for social studies in the elementary, middle, and high school grades and pilot the process with the assistance of teachers; and (4) develop a CD-ROM and Web site that provide complete access to the project products for CSSAP states and limited access for nonparticipating states. Following a preface and introduction, this manual is divided into eight sections: (1) "Social Studies Content Standards and the CSSAP Framework"; (2) "A Primer for Assessment"; (3) "Aligning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Based on Content Standards"; (4) "The CSSAP Assessment Model: An Overview and Examples"; (5) "Designing Social Studies Assessment Materials"; (6) "Portfolio Assessment"; (7) "Strategies for Professional Development in Social Studies Assessment"; and (8) "Social Studies Assessment References and Resources." Contains an appendix and a glossary. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Civics, Economics, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Geography, History, Portfolio Assessment, Professional Development, Social Studies, Student Evaluation
Council of Chief State School Officers, One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-1431. Tel: 202-408-5505; Fax: 202-408-8072. For full text: http://www.ccsso.org/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Geographic Society, Washington, DC. Education Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. State Education Assessment Center.; ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.
Note: Also developed in partnership with State Departments of Education in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.