What does summative and formative assessment in social studies look like in the 21st century? These resources provide examples of current trends in assessment and research-based ways of thinking about best practices social studies assessment.

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Formative and Summative Assessment

Beyond the Bubble - Unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create a new generation of history assessments. Developed by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG).

Educating with Evidence - Southern Illinois University has created over one hundred assessments that use primary sources. The assessments are openly available.

Optional Social Studies Performance Assessments - Assessments developed by the Washington Department of Education.

Assessment Resource Center for History (ARCH) - A framework for assessment that measures the process of historical thinking, as well as the retention of prior knowledge. The ARCH features three assessment types: weighted multiple-choice items, traditional multiple-choice items, and performance assessment tasks.

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Performance Assessment

Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) - Provides several resources to support to schools and districts that have committed to adopting performance-based assessment as part of a multiple-measures system for evaluating student learning and measuring school performance. Some helpful resources include:

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Standards-Based Grading

Standards-Based Grading Videos - A collection of standards-based grading videos and resources, including information in social studies specific practices for standards based grading.

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Advanced Placement

The College Board Course and Exam Pages

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