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ERIC Number: ED505664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The Nation's Report Card: Arts 2008--Music & Visual Arts. National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grade 8. NCES 2009-488
Keiper, S.; Sandene, B. A.; Persky, H. R.; Kuang, M.
National Center for Education Statistics
This report presents the results of the 2008 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the arts, which was given to a nationally representative sample of 7,900 eighth-grade public and private school students. Approximately one-half of these students were assessed in music, and the other half were assessed in visual arts. The Music portion of the assessment measured student ability to respond to music in various ways. Students were asked to analyze and describe aspects of music they heard, critique instrumental and vocal performances, and demonstrate their knowledge of standard musical notation and music's role in society. The average responding score for music was reported on a NAEP scale of 0 to 300. Scores ranged from 105 for the lowest-performing students to 194 for the highest-performing students. The Visual Arts portion of the assessment included questions that measured student ability to respond to art as well as questions that measured their ability to create art. Responding questions asked students to analyze and describe works of art and design. The average responding score for visual arts was reported on a NAEP scale of 0 to 300 with scores ranging from 104 for the lowest-performing students to 193 for the highest-performing students. Creating questions required students to create works of art and design of their own. The average creating task score for visual arts was reported separately as the average percentage of the maximum possible score from 0 to 100 with a national average of 52. In general, students who performed well on the responding questions also performed well on the creating questions. Racial/ethnic and gender gaps were noted in both music and visual arts. Technical notes and data are appended. (Contains 16 figures and 4 tables.) [The Nation's Report Card[TM] informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Report cards communicate the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time.]
National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site: http://nces.ed.gov/help/orderinfo.asp
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.
IES Funded: Yes