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IEOC U.S. History Content Coverage

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The Iowa End-of-Course assessments are designed to assess student knowledge and skills in a variety of subject areas. The test consists of 30 multiple-choice items and is designed to be administered during a single class period. The test items, which are aligned to the Iowa Core Curriculum, reflect educator input and a rigorous quality-control process to ensure appropriateness, content accuracy, and clarity.

The U.S. History assessment covers the time periods outlined below. Determination of the time periods was based on the results of a survey of Iowa educators. The Essential Concepts/Skills of the Iowa Core Curriculum are embedded within the time periods covered by the assessment.

A summary of the content covered within the U.S. History test is presented below.

Building a Powerful Nation (1870 – 1920)

Topics may include rise of corporations; industrialization; urbanization; immigration; progressive reforms; cultural diffusion; cause and effect relationships; role of innovation; role of individuals and groups within society; and causes and outcomes of the Spanish-American War and WWI.

From Prosperity to Depression and Recovery (1920 – 1941)

Topics may include causes of economic prosperity, the stock market crash, and the Great Depression, and their effects on politics and society; and the transformation of politics and society through New Deal programs.

U.S. Foreign Policy: WWII to the Cold War (1941 – 1968)

Topics may include changing role of the U.S. in world affairs, including the causes, course, and effects of WWII; effects of geographic factors and historical patterns on the Cold War and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam; and political, economic, and social consequences of these wars.

Domestic Policy (1945 – 1980)

Topics may include effects of individuals and groups, historical patterns, geographic factors, and innovation on economic, political, social, and cultural developments in contemporary American society; the post-war period; New Frontier; Great Society; struggle for civil rights; civil liberties; and immigration.