8th Grade United States History and Middle School Assessment Information

The following links and resources are provided to support student learning in 8th Grade United States History and to prepare for the 8th grade social studies assessment.

American History

NEW Frequently Asked Questions about the Grade 8 Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
NEW Description of 8th Grade Assessment
A short description of the 8th grade social studies assessment that will be field tested in May 2020.
NEW 8th Grade United States History Framework​A detailed list of all the objectives, indicators, and assessment limits which appear on the exam.
8th Grade Standards Framework
A detailed list of the objectives, indicators, and assessment limits organized under the six state social studies standards.
COMING SOON Rubrics

DRAFT 4 Point Rubric for BCRS

DRAFT Four and Two Point Rubric
for EBAS

Beginning with the May 2020 administration, the following rubrics will be used to score Brief Constructed Responses (BCRs) and Extended Response Items (ECRs) on the 8th grade United States History assessment.

The 4-point rubric is for BCR items.

The Extended Constructed Response items that appear at the end of the EBAS will be scored with a slightly different 4-point rubric and the constructed response items in the EBAS will be score with a 2-point rubric.  A sample EBAS can be found below.
NEW
Source Work Crosswalks

The crosswalks illustrate the connection between Maryland’s 6.0 Skills and Processes and commonly used source analysis approaches (SHEG, APPPARTS, SOAPSTONE)

SHEG Crosswalk - Crosswalk between Maryland’s 6.0 Skills and Processes and the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) Approach

APPARTS Crosswalk - Crosswalk with College Board’s Pre-AP APPARTS Document Analysis Method

SOAPSTONE Crosswalk - Crosswalk with College Board’s Advanced Placement SOAPSTONE Document Analysis Method
COMING SOON Sample Evidence-based Argument Set (EBAS) for 8th Grade United States History
Summer 2019
COMING SOON Practice Test
Late 2019