Assessment in Art Education


Credits: 3 Credits
PD Hours: 120 Hours
Length: 5 Weeks

Trying to fit art education into traditional assessment methods (bubble tests, anyone?) is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. We are different, and because of that, most traditional assessments just don’t work for us. But we’re required to show data in today’s educational landscape. So where do we turn? 

Throughout this course you’ll examine current research in assessment in arts education and explore strategies and systems used by some of the top schools and programs in the nation to assess the arts. Based upon the research and models from class, you’ll leave this course with a comprehensive toolkit that has many different types of authentic assessments ready for direct application in your classroom.

“Assessment in Art Education” is a fully-accredited online grad class from The Art of Education. To learn more about AOE Classes including accreditation information, pricing, course schedules, FAQ’s, and more, click here.

Course Takeaways

  • Effectively implement a variety of assessments with lessons you already teach, including large-scale, formative, and summative assessments. 

  • Put together tools to successfully implement portfolios as an authentic assessment tool in your classroom.

  • Engage your students in the assessment process with the use of self-assessment and artist statements.

  • Understand how assessment can show basic student growth data.

  • Use tools to collect and organize data to save you time.

  • Take an educated stance on why assessment can help you advocate for your program.




This course was way beyond my expectations. There was a lot of reading and good research that really made me buy-in to the whole assessment in art approach and why it is so relevant to our own teaching. The activities were also very user-friendly and were things that we could use in our classrooms straight away.

– Julie E.

This class opened my eyes to the world of assessment: What I once found intimidating and scary I now find exciting and manageable. This class gave me so many resources and tools to use this next school year. I even have a plan ready to go, thanks to our last assignment. This is a class that you take and can start using IMMEDIATELY.

– Shelly S.

It is amazing to have professional development that is actually focused on something really important to me. I have spent years sitting through courses trying to make them relevant. The discussion board format is perfect for sharing and gathering ideas from like-minded professionals.

– Caroline S.

This class was extremely relevant and full of information that I will use immediately in my teaching. It was a valuable experience to be put into contact with other art teachers and to hear what common issues, challenges, and experiences we all have. Sharing resources and information was awesome, and I feel like a much more prepared and energized art teacher going into this school year!

– Melanie M.

It is wonderful! You are able to work at your own pace and on your own time. If you know you will be busy, you can plan ahead to get the work done. This is my second class, and I am sure I will be signing up for more!

– Rebecca D.


Course Breakdown

Week 1: The Big Picture

  • Discover why assessments are important and why they’re becoming critical in the arts.
  • Learn to use assessments to validate your program.
  • Explore ways to write better assessment questions.

Week 2: Portfolios

  • Learn how to break down the process of using a portfolio to assess student artwork.
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of using portfolios as an assessment tool.
  • Explore how student and professional art is being and can be displayed on the Internet.

Week 3: Reflecting on Artwork

  • Discover how to use student self-assessment to think critically about artistic decisions.
  • Develop an artist statement for a piece of artwork you created.
  • Learn how continuous and ongoing formative assessment can drive your instruction.

Week 4: Collecting and Using Data

  • Learn to use pre- and post-assessments for baseline data and to track student progress.
  • Use a digital platform for chart and graph creation and visual representation of data.

Week 5: Your Assessment Plan

    • Design an assessment plan based on class readings and examples.
    • Write a reflection on toolkit creation and how toolkits relate to your teaching.
    • Leave class with a comprehensive toolkit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.





Featured Instructor

The overwhelming response from participants at the end of this class is, ‘Wow, assessment isn’t as hard as I thought.’ Because this class offers so much variety, students find assessments to fit their schedule, styles, and goals of their classroom and school. As with all AOE classes, the incredible resources learned from this course and other participants are invaluable. – Nic H.




Sample Assignment

The Big Picture

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Assessmet in Art Education”



Explore how districts and programs around the country conduct large-scale arts assessments to determine how the arts are doing at state and national levels. After your research, you’ll write a reflection that compares and contrasts several different types of large-scale arts assessments found in handouts provided in class.



Share with art teachers from around the globe why you think assessment is important for art teachers right now. Talk about where you are in your assessment journey.


Practical, Hands-On Application

Write an assessment that could be given at the end of a course or unit that you teach. Explain what grade level you’re using the assessment for and how you plan to use it.




  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 120+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
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  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 120+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
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Upcoming Class Run Dates

Jan 1-Feb 5th
Feb 1-Mar 4


What to Expect from This Class


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Other AOE Classes

The Art of Education offers a wide variety of online grad classes, just for art teachers. Each course below carries full degree-level accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through our Educational Partnership with Morningside College.

This high level of accreditation means that your AOE credits can be used for license renewal, salary advancement, or confidently transferred to a graduate degree program of your choice (check with your program to ensure transferability).

Virtually all school districts and universities accept credit from The Art of Education through our partnership with Morningside College. Graduate credits are usually universally accepted for license certification and pay scale advances.

If you’d like to learn more about AOE Classes including accreditation information, pricing, course schedules, FAQ’s, and more, click here.