Social Studies Development:

The Social Studies portion of WESTEST 2 includes 45 items per grade level.  Each test is comprised of 45 multiple-choice items, including one Document Based Question (DBQ).  The DBQ consists of 4 to 8 documents with 6 to 8 accompanying multiple-choice items designed to scaffold knowledge and skill levels.  Each of the tests includes at least 2 graphic organizers to assist student thinking.  Approximately 900 items were written and reviewed for the final form selection of WESTEST 2.  Items were written using the specific Social Studies Item Writing Checklist.