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4.3 Principles for Creating Assessments for Social Studies

Since at least 1997, Michigan State University scholars Janet Alleman and Jere Brophy have advised elementary social studies educators to use assessment as an ongoing and integral part of each instructional unit, a principle that aligns to the current emphasis on formative assessment practices.  They have identified important guiding principles for creating assessment tools:

Guiding Principles for Creating Assessment Tools

In addition, they were joined in 2013 by Anne-Lise Halvorsen and articulated the following attributes of authentic assessment tasks for social studies:

Attributes of Authentic Assessment Tasks: