Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
TX.STAAR.8. STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies Assessment
Reporting Category 1: History - The student will demonstrate an understanding of issues and events in U.S. history.
(8.5) History. The student understands the challenges confronted by the government and its leaders in the early years of the republic and the Age of Jackson. The student is expected to:
8.5 (E) Identify the foreign policies of presidents Washington through Monroe and explain the impact of Washington's Farewell Address and the Monroe Doctrine. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
Reporting Category 2: Geography and Culture - The student will demonstrate an understanding of geographic and cultural influences on historical issues and events.
(8.10) Geography. The student understands the location and characteristics of places and regions of the United States, past and present. The student is expected to:
8.10 (A) Locate places and regions of importance in the United States during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.10 (B) Compare places and regions of the United States in terms of physical and human characteristics. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.10 (C) Analyze the effects of physical and human geographic factors on major historical and contemporary events in the United States. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.11) Geography. The student understands the physical characteristics of North America and how humans adapted to and modified the environment through the mid-19th century. The student is expected to:
8.11 (A) Analyze how physical characteristics of the environment influenced population distribution, settlement patterns, and economic activities in the United States during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
Reporting Category 3: Government and Citizenship - The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of government and the civic process on historical issues and events.
(8.22) Citizenship. The student understands the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. The student is expected to:
8.22 (B) Describe the contributions of significant political, social, and military leaders of the United States such as Frederick Douglass, John Paul Jones, James Monroe, Stonewall Jackson, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
Social Studies Skills: These skills will not be listed under a separate reporting category. Instead, they will be incorporated in the test questions in reporting categories 1-4 and will be identified along with content standards.
(8.29) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:
8.29 (A) Differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States. (STAAR)
8.29 (D) Identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference which influenced the participants. (STAAR)
(8.30) Social studies skills. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to:
8.30 (A) Use social studies terminology correctly. (STAAR)