ERIC Number: ED394863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Behind the Scenes: Measuring Student Progress in the Arts and Beyond. Evaluation and Research Report 95E.06.
Willoughby, Meg; And Others
This report presents the findings of a collaboration between the Evaluation and Research Departments and the Arts Education Department of the Wake County (North Carolina) Public School System with teachers of the district to pilot performance assessments in art programs. In an effort to accurately assess the arts, various alternative (non-linguistic and logical-mathematical) methods were explored that allowed the evaluation of strengths and learning styles, such as spatial, kinesthetic, and musical. The difficult challenge of evaluating student growth and progress in the often subjective character of the arts with objective assessment was visited by teachers--first in staff-development workshops and then in their classrooms. The evaluation process was a valuable tool for teachers, and it benefited the teachers in: (1) lesson planning; (2) evaluating student success; (3) increasing accountability to principal, parent, and student; (4) sharing overall progress of the arts in education with others (e.g., funding agencies); and (5) aiding in cross-curriculum assessment. Working drafts for dance, music, drama, and visual art of their arts assessment models are included in this report. (DQE)
Descriptors: Art Education, Cognitive Ability, Curriculum Guides, Dance, Drama, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Intelligence, Multiple Intelligences, Music, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Factors, Visual Arts
Evaluation and Research Dept., Wake County Public School System, 3600 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27611.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC.