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ERIC Number: ED590727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 100
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-4383-5223-0
The Effect of Elimination of State Social Studies Assessment on Content Knowledge of Elementary Students
Eckers, Scott M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Hofstra University
High-stakes testing policies have reduced elementary-level instructional time for untested subjects, raising questions about the extent to which students' content knowledge in social studies has been compromised. This research project compared social studies assessment performance of two student cohorts from the same school district, one required to take a state assessment (2009) and one eight years after its elimination (2017). Students in the later cohort produced significantly lower overall achievement scores and lower scores on most sections of the test, including skill-based constructed-response items and four of five strands of social studies content tested with multiple choice items (U.S. and State History, Geography, Economics, and Civics, Citizenship, and Government). Special-education students in the later cohort produced lower scores on all sections of the test and were impacted approximately twice as much on constructed-response items. The findings suggest that social studies curriculum as prescribed by the state was not taught as thoroughly in elementary schools following elimination of the state test. Recent instructional trends applying literacy skills to social studies have been insufficient to mitigate deleterious effects associated with elimination of the assessment. Implementation of meaningful elementary-level social studies curriculum supported by professional development can help ensure a well-rounded educational program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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