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IEOC U.S. Government 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.

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

Foundations of U.S. Government

Topics may include philosophical foundations, values, and consequences of the U.S. constitution; principles of limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, republicanism, civil liberties, and civil rights; and the ways these ideas have changed over time.

Individuals and Groups in U.S. Politics

Topics may include levels and patterns of political knowledge and beliefs; effects of nongovernmental actors such as individuals, political parties, news media, and interest groups on U.S. politics; and strategies for effective political action at the national, state, and local levels.

Institutions and Elections

Topics may include election and campaign process; effects of the Electoral College; purpose and function of each of the three branches of government; party and committee systems within Congress; organization of the Executive Office of the President and bureaucratic agencies; and judicial philosophies.

Public Policy

Topics may include the policy process at the local, state, and national levels, including social, economic, and foreign policy issues; the role of the U.S. in world affairs; and strategies for affecting public policy.

State and Local Government

Topics may include the role of state and local government within the federal system; the changing role of the national government in relation to the states; branches of government at the state and local levels; and citizens’ rights and responsibilities to the state and local governments.