School Improvement in Maryland
What do the assessments test? Government

Political Systems | Peoples Of The Nation & World | Geography | Economics |

The High School Assessments student's knowledge of Core Learning Goals at the indicator level. Some indicators have assessment limits which indicate more specifically what will be assessed. Assessment items and other instructional resources at the indicator level can be viewed in the CLG Toolkit.

Goal 3 Geography

The student will demonstrate an understanding of geographic concepts and processes to examine the role of culture, technology, and the environment in the location and distribution of human activities throughout history.


3.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of cultural and physical geographic factors in the development of government policy.


3.1.1 The student will evaluate demographic factors related to political participation, public policy and government policies.

Assessment limits:
  • Political causes and effects of reapportionment, redistricting and voting patterns.
  • Influence of demographic factors on government funding decisions.

3.1.2 The student will evaluate the role of government in addressing land use and other environmental issues.

Assessment limits:
  • National, state, and/or local issues.
  • Issues will include urban sprawl and government policy regarding growth and land use/zoning.

3.1.3 The student will analyze the roles and relationships of regions on the formation and implementation of government policy.

Assessment limits:
  • International, national, state, and/or regional interests that may shape government policy.
  • Patterns, trends and projections of population growth in regions and how these may affect the environment, society and government policy.
  • Examples of the criteria used to define a region include economic development, natural resources, population, religion and climate. Regional means different areas within Maryland (e.g. Eastern Shore, mining region, Piedmont Plateau), the United States (e.g., Northeast, sunbelt, mid-Atlantic regions) and the world.
Date: 8/2004