Colorado’s new social studies summative assessments are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014. These assessments will be designed to measure Colorado students’ understanding and abilities in each of the four standards (History, Geography, Economics and Civics) found in the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). Please keep in mind that in line with the CAS, the frameworks for grades 4 and 7 are grade specific while the frameworks for high school are not. The concepts and skills in the CAS build across the years such that lower years’ standards are reflected in the standards for subsequent years. Due to this progression, concept and skill retention from previous years is inherent and will be expected. Therefore, it is important for students in all grades to have access to social studies concepts that build toward mastery.
This questionnaire solicits feedback in two main areas: 1) the percent distribution of points; and 2) the appropriateness of the included/excluded Evidence Outcomes. Some Evidence Outcomes have been excluded because they are not taught until the 12th grade in most districts. Feedback received will inform refinements of the assessment framework. Final assessment frameworks that include feedback from the field are expected to be released in late February.