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Showing Student Growth in Art

Showing Student Growth in Art

We all enter the world of teaching wanting our students to grow in their art skills and knowledge. Tracking that growth can be tricky for performance-based subjects like art. With the stress of evaluations closely tied to our ability to show improvement, demonstrative development is an area we must become experts in.

Showing Student Growth in Art is the course that will teach you the basic types of student growth data that can be collected and how to develop tools to make tracking growth simple and transparent. Critical to this work is knowing how to choose and create meaningful topics to assess, then taking this knowledge and writing a solid student growth goal. The process doesn’t have to be daunting! It can be extremely rewarding to see students learning new concepts in the art room.

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 2 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $798.00
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE019
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE019

Course Objectives

  • Understand and use terms and concepts associated with student growth, all customized for the art educator.
  • Develop a student growth plan specific to your own requirements and needs.
  • Create a yearly timeline to keep track of your entire student growth plan.
  • Be more organized and streamlined while compiling your data.
  • Design and create assessments that complete your growth plan from top to bottom for immediate use in the art room.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Understanding Student Growth
  1. Learn the history and reasoning behind Student Growth Objectives (SGOs).
  2. Explore whether SGOs are better ways to measure student growth and teacher effectiveness.
  3. Research the initiatives taking place in your state or your local school.
Week 2
What to Assess
  1. Decide what type of content you’ll use to write a good student growth goal.
  2. Discuss the growth goals you’ve tried in the past and share the issues you ran into.
  3. Create the assessment pieces and rubric you’ll use for your mock growth topic.
Week 3
Writing Your Goal
  1. Put the information you’ve collected thus far into an implementation timeline.
  2. Walk your classmates and instructor through the timeline and talk about your plan.
  3. Create a tool for data collection and organization for a specific goal.
  4. Discuss how you’ll incorporate new ideas into your implementation plan to streamline the process.
Week 4
Putting it All Together
  1. Write your goal for student growth and reflect on the rationale behind it and how you chose it.
  2. Fill out a SLO or SGO worksheet, which includes your goal.
  3. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

Understanding Student Growth

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Showing Student Growth in Art.”

1. Research

Conduct research on what initiatives are taking place in your state or school regarding student growth. Review “Showing Student Growth in Art: An Art Teacher’s Guide,” our master resource for this class going forward, to gain a deeper understanding of student growth and why it has infiltrated the majority of states in the U.S.

2. Discussion

Share your opinions on whether student growth is a better way to report student achievement. Talk about the various types of student growth, which groups seem most reasonable for you to measure, and which model of student growth you’d like to try.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Select a model of student growth you’d like to try in your art room. Investigate the articles and links in “The Art Teacher’s Guide to Student Growth” and apply several of the insights from your reading in your classroom.
Shannon B.
"It was such a breath of fresh air to collaborate with other art teachers to iron out this new idea - and one that effects my teacher evaluation!"
Rebecca H.
"This class has given me the tools to move forward as I tackle measuring student growth in my art room. If you are looking for a better understanding of SLO's, rubrics and assessment this class was really helpful!"
Kathleen D.
"Classes are very affordable and doable for teachers, no matter where they are. Art of Ed knows art teachers are more than craft instructors. Since I am from a small town, I feel pretty isolated, and connecting with teachers across the country is awesome and so beneficial. The ongoing nature of the online class unfolds, step by step, with comments about how we're doing, and we can see for ourselves what others are doing in comparison. It helps us step up our game. "

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Showing Student Growth in Art”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/17)







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