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ERIC Number: ED507261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 76
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
U.S. History Framework for the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress
National Assessment Governing Board
This framework identifies the main ideas, major events, key individuals, and unifying themes of American history as a basis for preparing the 2010 assessment. The framework recognizes that U.S. history includes powerful ideas, common and diverse traditions, economic developments, technological and scientific innovations, philosophical debates, religious movements, and the interconnection of all these forces. The teaching of history should introduce students to the process of historical inquiry. This process requires critical examination of evidence, thoughtful consideration of conflicting claims, and careful weighing of facts and hypotheses. Historical inquiry provides experience in the kind of reasoned and informed decisionmaking that should characterize each citizen's participation in their American democracy. The framework organizes U.S. history into four central themes. Each theme is described briefly and more fully in chapter two of the framework. This document contains the following chapters: (1) U.S. History in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; (2) The Framework for the 2010 NAEP U.S. History Assessment; and (3) Desired Attributes of the Assessment and Its Exercises and Items. Appendices include: (1) NAEP U.S. History Framework--Staff, Committee Members, and Subcontractors; and (2) Released Items From the NAEP U.S. History Assessment. (Contains 5 tables.) [This document was developed under contract number RN 91072001 by the Council of Chief State School Officers with the American Historical Association, the American Institutes for Research, the National Council for History Education, and the National Council for the Social Studies.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assessment Governing Board