School Improvement in Maryland
Sample Item Scoring Information Return

Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order

Indicator 3. Examine the principle of due process

Objective b. Describe the due process protections in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Direct the students to respond to the following constructed response item:

-Identify and explain at least two specific Bill of Rights protections that shield persons in the United States from arbitrary actions by the government.

-How do the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment work together to ensure that Americans are protected from both the federal and state governments?

-Be sure to provide details and examples in your response.