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HGSS Classroom Based Assessment Rubrics and Information

The HGSS Classroom Based Assessment is designed to be used by learners and teachers for promoting Inquiry Based Learning

HGSS Classroom Based Assessment Task

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 rubric in each of the three categories which include a Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning. 

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


Program Manager - Humanities
Nathan (Nate) McAlister
(785) 296-3892

Program Manager - Humanities
Joann McRell
(785) 296-2144

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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