Assessment in the creative arts

Assessment in the creative arts 7-12

Objectives of assessment

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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.

@CreativeArtsNSW

Learning and teaching Directorate, Secondary Education.

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