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Assessment in Art Education

Assessment in Art Education

In this informative course, you will learn how to apply various tools and assessment strategies in the art classroom in meaningful and scalable ways, mastering the difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning. You will be empowered to sustainably collect, analyze, visualize, and apply data to advocate for students, resulting in more substantial learning outcomes, as you design more culturally responsive assessments. Throughout this course, you will develop a deep understanding of portfolio assessment at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as online. Using current lesson plans, you will create several new, effective assessment strategies for immediate application in your classroom.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog.

Required Materials

No text required for this course. 

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1197.00
Mon 9 Sun
Nov 1 Weeks Jan 2
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Nov 1 Jan 2
Dec 6 Feb 6
Jan 3 Feb 27
Feb 7 Apr 3
Mar 7 May 1
Only 2 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE001

Course Objectives

  • Integrate a variety of assessments, including formative and summative assessments, into the art classroom.
  • Produce rubrics and portfolio assessment tools for authentic assessment in the classroom.
  • Analyze standards-based instruction to demonstrate evidence of learning.
  • Defend the value of art education in school curricula through the data visualization of academic progress and outcomes.
  • Improve student learning and outcomes through sustainable data collection, data implementation, and culturally responsive assessment.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Rethinking Assessment
  1. Investigate the current state of assessment in the art classroom, then reflect on your current assessment approach.
Week 2
Formative Versus Summative Assessment
  1. Investigate two key tools for authentic assessment in the art classroom: summative assessment and formative assessment.
  2. Design a formative assessment.
Week 3
Integrating Standards-Based Instruction Into the Art Classroom
  1. Take a critical look at standards-based instruction.
  2. Create rubrics grounded in standards-based instruction to measure student growth in academic content standards over time.
Week 4
Composing Artistic Understandings Through Portfolios
  1. Develop a deep understanding of portfolio assessment at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as online.
  2. Investigate evidence collections that are not traditional portfolios.
  3. Create a summative assessment to score an evidence collection or develop a portfolio checklist.
Week 5
Sustainable Data Collection in the Art Classroom
  1. Embark on an in-depth investigation of how data impacts the art classroom.
  2. Learn and practice techniques for sustainable data collection.
  3. Create a data collection tool tailored to your teaching practice.
Week 6
Directing Data Visualization and Implementation Techniques to Spotlight Art
  1. Evaluate various techniques for data visualization and select the best ones for use in the art classroom.
  2. Deconstruct data implementation in the art classroom.
  3. Develop a data visualization artifact to share assessment data.
Week 7
Conducting Culturally Responsive Assessment in the Art Classroom
  1. Learn about culturally responsive assessment in the art classroom.
  2. Set advocacy goals in assessment.
  3. Compose a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART) goal for assessment in the art classroom.
Week 8
  1. Reflect on your assessment journey from the beginning to the end.

Formative Versus Summative Assessment

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class Assessment in Art Education

1. Research

Choose one learning standard from the National Core Arts Standards you want to assess in your classroom.

2. Discussion

What is your experience with standards-based instruction? How would you apply it in your classroom? If you already do, please describe how they have impacted your measurement of student learning over time.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Create a scale to evaluate this standard.
"Assessment is one of the most complex, yet essential, components of art education. This course broke down various methods of assessment and taught us the multiple uses for assessment in a well-constructed arc of teaching."
Maria L., ME
"Prior to this class, assessment in arts was confusing for me and felt like something I would always be struggling to get a footing on. This class helped me to develop my own philosophy to assess my kids. I now move through this standard of teaching with confidence. "
Jennifer W., VA
"This course was extremely relevant and helped organize the nuts and bolts of the teaching and assessment experience into manageable strategies while presenting some new concepts to strive for."
Owen C., TX

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Assessment in Art Education. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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