The following resources are designed to support teaching and learning in 8th grade United States History and to prepare students for the Social Studies 8 assessment.
DRAFT 4 Point Rubric for Content CRs
DRAFT 2 and 4 Point Rubric for EBAS
Beginning with the May 2022 administration, the following rubrics will be used to score constructed response (CR) items on the Social Studies 8 assessment.
4 point content rubric will be used to score content CR items.
The 2 and 4 point EBAS rubrics will be used to score the CR items in the Evidence Based Argument Sets (EBAS).
Sample Evidence Based Argument Set (EBAS)
The More Learning, Less Testing Act of 2017 (Md. Ed. Art §7-203) requires that "to the greatest extent possible" the middle school assessment "consist of criterion-referenced, performance-based tasks that utilize critical and historical thinking skills and analyze primary sources." These new performance-based item types are referred to as Evidence Based Argument Sets (EBAS) in the Social Studies 8 assessment.
The EBAS assess three social studies skills and processes from Maryland Social Studies Standard 6.0: Skills and Processes. These skills were selected by the LSS social studies supervisors. These skills are:
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