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.