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HGSS Classroom-Based State Assessment (CBSA)

The History, Government, and Social Studies classroom-based state assessment is a demonstration of the student’s ability to apply their academic, cognitive, and technical skills to construct and communicate meaning and understanding around a particular topic.

HGSS Classroom-Based Assessment Tasks

The Kansas Social Studies Standards identify five standards which describe critical understandings about the way the world works and include details on  Effective HGSS Classroom Practices. They also highlight the historical thinking skills that develop when classroom educators effectively integrate these practices into their students’ learning.

The Kansas Social Studies Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA) is designed to measure these standards and benchmarks and it allows local districts, classroom teachers, and students to design their own product that demonstrates student understanding of the Standards and Benchmarks.

To prepare students for the state level Classroom-Based Assessment, teachers coach students to be proficient in the skills described in the first three Benchmarks listed under each of the five Standards below in order to develop the skills necessary for the fourth benchmark.

Kansas History Government and Social Studies Standards:

  1. Choices have Consequences
  2.  Individuals have Rights and Responsibilities
  3. Societies are shaped by Identities, Beliefs, and Practices of Individuals and Groups
  4. Societies Experience Continuity and Change Over Time
  5. Relationships among People, Places, Ideas, and Environments are Dynamic

Each Kansas Standard is supported by Benchmarks, adapted to that specific standard:

Benchmarks

Standard 1 Choices Have Consequences

Standard 2 Individuals have Rights and Responsibilities

Standard 3 Societies are shaped by Identities, Beliefs, and Practices of Individuals and Groups

Standard 4 Societies Experience Continuity and Change Over Time

Standard 5 Relationships among People, Places, Ideas, and Environments are Dynamic

1  Recognize and Evaluate

The student will recognize and evaluate significant choices and consequences that have impacted our lives and futures.

The student will recognize and evaluate the rights and responsibilities of people living in societies.

The student will recognize and evaluate how societies are shaped by the identities, beliefs, and practices of individuals and groups.

The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time.

The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.

2  Analyze the Context and Draw Conclusions

The student will analyze the context and draw conclusions about choices and consequences.

The student will analyze the context and draw conclusions about rights and responsibilities.

The student will analyze context and draw conclusions of  how societies are shaped by the identities, beliefs, and practices of individuals and groups.

The student will analyze the context and draw conclusions about continuity and change.

The student will analyze the context and draw conclusions about dynamic relationships.

3  Investigate and Connect

The student will investigate and connect examples of choices and consequences with contemporary issues

The student will investigate and connect the rights and responsibilities of individuals with contemporary issues.

The student will investigate and connect how societies are shaped by the identities, beliefs, and practices of individuals and groups.

The student will investigate and connect continuity and change to a contemporary issue.

The student will investigate and connect dynamic relationships to contemporary issues.

4  Make a claim or advance a thesis using evidence and argument

The student will use their understanding of choices and consequences to make a claim or advance a thesis using evidence and argument.

The student will use their understanding of rights and responsibilities to make a claim or advance a thesis using evidence and argument.

The student will use their understanding of  how societies are shaped by the identities, beliefs, and practices of individuals and groups to make a claim or advance a thesis using evidence and argument.

The student will use their understanding of continuity and change to make a claim or advance a thesis using evidence and argument.

The student will use their understanding of dynamic relationships to make a claim or advance a thesis using evidence and argument.

 

History, Government, and Social Studies
Program Consultant

Marcia Fiorentino
(785) 296-3892
mfiorentino@ksde.org  

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979
slsmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447
dfernkopf@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

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