Assessment in the creative arts

Assessment in the creative arts 7-12

Objectives of assessment

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Image: Assessment objectives in graphic form

The objectives of assessment are it:

  • reinforces student learning
  • aids in planning for effective teaching and learning
  • produces evidence of student achievement
  • creates and collects student data.

Assessment for learning

Teacher practice identifying student knowledge, skills and areas for growth.

Assessment as learning

A student engages, reflects and monitors their learning.

Assessment of learning

Evidence of student achievement against outcomes and standards.

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Image: Assessments on a range of measures

Formative (informal) assessment evidence ideas:

  • rehearsal notes
  • work samples
  • group work reflections
  • class discussions
  • questioning examples
  • self-evaluation sheets
  • peer feedback.

Summative (formal) assessment evidence ideas:

  • performance recordings
  • presentations - viva voce, digital, oral
  • research
  • process diaries, logbooks, portfolios
  • compositions/scripts/designs.

Assessment evaluation questions

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The five assessment evaluation questions are:

  • What are you asking the student to do, produce or create?
  • Does the student know the requirements and understand the assessment criteria?
  • Can the student set measurable and achievable goals?
  • Is student able to monitor and reflect on their learning when completing the assessment?
  • Will the feedback be purposeful, allow for creative growth, and improve their learning?

Frequently asked questions

Question - Do I need to formally assess each outcome?

Answer - All outcomes must be assessed, however, there is no requirement to formally assess all of them.

Question - Do I need to formally assess 'values and attitudes'?

Answer - The values and attitudes are not to be included in formal assessments. Address these when carefully planning your teaching and learning.


Learning and teaching Directorate, Secondary Education.

Creative arts poster
Image: The creative arts assessment poster for your staffroom.

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