Academic journal article Social Education

Promoting Fair and Equitable Assessments: A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies

Academic journal article Social Education

Promoting Fair and Equitable Assessments: A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies

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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES believes that fair and equitable assessment of all students must be an integral part of any social studies program. NCSS endorses assessments that require higher order thinking, writing, and connecting social studies school knowledge to applications in the world outside of school. Schools must provide opportunities for students to develop these and other proficiencies. To that end, curriculum, instruction, and assessment must be linked. Students should be given opportunities to learn the content, concepts, and skills assessed. Furthermore, students should be given multiple opportunities on a variety of assessments to show their proficiencies. Such assessments may include portfolios, performance assessments, written reports, research projects, and other demonstrations of student knowledge and skills.

NCSS believes that in order to be fair and equitable, assessments must be used only for the purpose for which they were designed. The primary purpose of student assessment is to provide information to students, parents, and teachers. Student assessments have been used for the placement of students, development of curriculum, and adjustment of teaching strategies. …

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