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ERIC Number: EJ961801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0885-985X
Back on the Backburner? Impact of Reducing State-Mandated Social Studies Testing on Elementary Teachers' Instruction
Vogler, Kenneth E.
Journal of Social Studies Research, v35 n2 p163-190 Fall 2011
Numerous studies have shown how elementary social studies instruction has been constrained or curtailed in states that do not test social studies as part of their mandated accountability system. South Carolina is a state that tests social studies as well as English, mathematics, and science in grades three through eight as part of its accountability system. However, in an effort to decrease student test fatigue and associated costs, the state recently adopted census testing which reduced the number of students taking the social studies test. This longitudinal study was designed to further understand the impact of mandated testing initiatives on instruction. It focuses on changes in elementary teachers' beliefs about the role of social studies in the curriculum and their perception of time they spend on social studies instruction since the implementation of census testing. (Contains 5 tables and 3 notes.)
International Society for the Social Studies. University of Central Florida College of Education, Suite 123M P.O. Box 161250, Orlando, FL 32816. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina