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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator 2. Defend the importance of civic participation as a citizen of the United States

Objective c. Evaluate how various groups provide opportunities for individuals to participate in the political process

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Have the students select public policy outcomes they would like to achieve, and then design action plans explaining how they would work with both political parties and interest groups to see their outcomes attained. Be sure student action plans illustrate recognition of the difference between political parties and interest groups, and also communicate realistic strategies for working with each group.


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Selected Response Item

2010 NAEP Item:

The following question refers to the Voter Declaration of Party Affiliation card below.

Why would a person most likely want to become a member of a political party?

  1. To become eligible to run for public office
  2. To take part in choosing the party’s candidates for public office
  3. To be allowed to take part in local elections
  4. To be able to attend party conventions and caucuses

Correct Answer:

Selected Response Item

2010 NAEP Item:

The Sierra Club is a nongovernmental organization that works to preserve and protect the environment.

What is an accurate statement about organizations such as the Sierra Club?

  1. These organizations are not democratic because they only allow certain people to become members.
  2. These organizations can often influence politics more than individuals can.
  3. These organizations are effective because they meet the needs of all members.
  4. These organizations tend to avoid controversial political issues

Correct Answer:

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