Assessment Implementation

Finding the Right Dose of Assessment for Your Art Room

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Some days, assessment in the art room seems like an oxymoron. You stress creativity and choice but then find yourself grading student work with trivial points on a dated rubric.

Assessment and art is an unfortunate pairing, but for most of us, it’s an expectation and something that is non-negotiable.

How do you find the right balance of formative and summative methods that feel true and authentic?

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With so many assessment strategies out there, it can be a real struggle to find the right balance. So, we’ve gone ahead and laid the groundwork for you.

Next time you find yourself searching for the right assessment option, reference the chart below. Make note of which assessment types you currently use and which ones you’d like to add to your instructional plan. Strive for implementing a type from each section. Make an effort to utilize these strategies on a regular basis. As you create a balanced body of assessment evidence, you’ll experience a more true reflection of student learning in your art room.

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What methods of assessment do you use most often in the art room? 

Which methods would you like to incorporate more of? 


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Tracy Hare

Tracy Hare, a middle school art educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She strives to deepen students’ 21st-century skills by encouraging them to practice critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

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