Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) Government Assessment

The MCAP Government Assessment in American Government is required for graduation. To help students prepare for the assessment, the following links to resources are provided.

American Government Standards and Framework A detailed list of all the objectives, indicators, and assessment limits which appear on the exam.
Practice Exam for H.S.A. American Government​A full practice test for the MCAP Government Assessment.

A hot link to the practice test is on the left and directions for accessing the practice test can be found here.
COVID Related Assessment Waiver Information American Government Waiver InformationPDF document link to American Government Waiver Information
Rubrics

4 Point Rubric for Content CRs

5 Point Rubric for EBAS CR
The following rubrics are used to score the constructed response (CRs) on the American Government High School Assessment.

4 Point Rubric for content CRs and the 5 Point Rubric is used to score the CR that appears at the end of the Evidence-based Argument Sets (EBAS). A sample EBAS can be found below.
Sample Evidence-based Argument Set (EBAS) for American Government AssessmentPDF document link to Sample Evidence-based Argument Set (EBAS) for American Government Assessment

2021 Sample Evidence-Based Argument Set (EBAS)PDF document link to 2021 Sample Evidence-Based Argument Set (EBAS)

2021 Sample Evidence-Based Argument Set (EBAS) Large PrintPDF document link to 2021 Sample Evidence-Based Argument Set (EBAS) Large Print

NAFTAPDF document link to NAFTA
The More Learning, Less Testing Act of 2017 (MD Ed. Art §7–203) requires that the Maryland High School Assessment in American Government include, “…to the greatest extent possible, of criterion–referenced, performance–based tasks that require students to utilize critical and historical thinking skills and analyze primary sources.”  These performance-based items are referred to as Evidence Based Argument Sets (EBAS).  

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 Local School System social studies supervisors and a teacher workgroup. These skills are:
  • Evaluate the credibility of the sources by considering the authority, origin, type, context, and corroborative value of each source.
  • Identify credible, relevant information contained in the sources.
  • Construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources.

The EBAS are organized around a compelling question and provide students 4-5 sources that allow for the development of an answer to the compelling question. 
Beginning with the January 2020 administration, the EBAS will be part of the items used to determine student scores.
Evidence Based Argument Sets Anchor Public Release Item.​Anchor responses and a sample of scored responses have been added to this content banking system.  To access the responses click on the public access module, and select American Government."  Scored responses, scoring annotations, and practice responses are included.
Constructed Response Public Release Items​Anchor responses and a sample of scored responses have been added to this content banking system.  To access the responses click on the public access module.  More constructed response items will be added as they are released.
Street Law materials on American Government cases​Street Law has developed instructional materials for the court cases that students must know for the American Government assessment.
Online Course This hybrid course, located on BlackBoard, reviews content and provides practice questions to prepare for the assessment.
Changes in the Assessment Limits

A crosswalk of updates to the government assessment limits.
Source Work CrosswalksThe 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