OC for SS After Party // Assessing Historical Thinking Live Discussion // 08-04-2021

We hope you found the Assessing Historical Thinking Live Discussion to be an engaging conversation. How can you extend this discussion to help other teachers with assessing historical thinking? Post your comments and questions below. 

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  • Now that our PLC has developed inquiry-based units of study for US History in Grade 8, I think the next logical step is to evaluate our formative & summative assessments (including supports & rubrics)…

  • I am wondering how many people use Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment as a research base for the development of assessments? Is this something that folks were…

  • At times I feel constrained on how to assess historical thinking because I want to ensure that students are able to do well on their SOL end of year testing, which is heavily based on factual knowledge…

Parents
  • At times I feel constrained on how to assess historical thinking because I want to ensure that students are able to do well on their SOL end of year testing, which is heavily based on factual knowledge.  I would like to extend this discussion to our department of education to rethink how we assess our social studies classes.  Which makes me wonder -- does OER reach out to district and state level administrators/curriculum specialists, or only teacher-focused?

  • Hi Dawn!

    We do work with districts and state level admin. What state/district are you in? I can forward that info to our PD/Outreach team members and see if we can help in some way.

Reply Children
  • Hi  and  ! I noticed Dawn is from VA. Here are some planning resources from the OER Project that align with your state, and it also incudes a link to contact a member of our Outreach team. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Thanks Bridgette!  As Kathy Hays noted, I am in Virginia.  I was in Norfolk, but this year will be teaching in Gloucester.  I was concerned about the state SOL tests, which students have to take to receive a verified credit for the high school course I will be teaching (World History 1500-present).  Previously I taught 7th grade, which did not have an SOL test.  When I reviewed the SOLs that have been released for the HS course, I was disheartened to see how heavily it relied on knowing facts versus skills or understanding concepts.

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