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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 $1047.00
Mon 8 Sun
Feb 1 Weeks Mar 28
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Feb 1 Mar 28
Mar 1 Apr 25
Apr 5 May 30
May 3 Jun 27
Jun 7 Aug 1
Only 6 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.
Jack B.
"The class has just the right amount of rigor and challenges you from many different perspectives. The online communication with other teachers was very valuable. I felt like this course was cutting edge and will really help me in my methods of assessment and advocating for the visual arts. "
Shelly S.
"This class opened my eyes to the world of assessment. What I once found intimidating and scary I now find exciting and manageable. This class gave me so many resources and tools to use this next school year. I even have a plan ready to go thanks to our last assignment. This is a class that you take and can start using IMMEDIATELY."
Vanessa R.
"I feel high quality and relevant professional development, for art educators, is non-existent in my school district. Dedicating a few weeks of my summer to focus on this assessment course was so worth it! What I managed to learn in such a sort amount of time is amazing."

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