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Sample Social Studies Constructed Response Item Type

globe-967304_1920The NC Department of Public Instruction published a SAMPLE constructed response item representative of the new constructed response item type being field tested on the NC Final Exams (NCFE) of Social Studies (i.e., Grade 8, World History, American History I, American History II, American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics) during the 2015–16 school year. Field test items do not count toward the score but will be used for purposes of developing items for future test forms. Students will be asked to respond in complete sentences and will be allotted additional lines for their response. The sample item may not reflect the breadth of the standards assessed and/or the range of item difficulty found on the NC Final Exam. This material must not be used for personal or financial gain. The SAMPLE item document is available at

Review the Assessment Specification documents for additional information about the NC Final Exams of Social Studies located at

The NCFE Released Items (Fall 2015) booklets are another resource for teachers.  These documents are available at

About Cindy Geddes

Cindy Geddes serves as the Director of Accountability and Technology Services for Newton-Conover City Schools. Previously, she served as the district's Instructional Technology/ Staff Development Coordinator and as an elementary teacher for thirteen years. Mrs. Geddes was recently renewed as a National Board Certified teacher. She is a co-founder of #NCed chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. Mrs. Geddes co-authored an article, “Growing Technology Leaders”, that was featured in the magazine, Learning and Leading with Technology. Recently, she received a Master of Arts from Gardner-Webb University in Executive Leadership Studies. She and her husband, Leonard are proud parents of two children, Cassidy and Brandon.

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