Assessment in Art Education

Assessment in Art Education

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? 

In Assessment in Art Education, you’ll examine current research and explore strategies and systems used by some of the top schools and programs in the nation to assess the arts, giving you a comprehensive tool kit that has many different types of authentic assessments ready for direct application in your classroom.

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $447.00 / Graduate Credit $897.00
Mon Wed
May 1 Jun 7
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 7
Jun 1 Jul 7
Jul 1 Aug 7
Aug 1 Sep 7
Sep 1 Oct 7
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE001
Morningside College
Higher Learning Commission


  • Effectively implement a variety of assessments with lessons you already teach, including formative, and summative assessments.
  • Implement portfolios as an authentic assessment tool in your classroom.
  • Explore standards-based instruction and the many facets used to demonstrate evidence of learning.
  • 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.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
The Big Picture
  1. Discover why assessments are important and why they’re becoming critical in the arts.
  2. Learn to use assessments to validate your program.
  3. Explore ways to write better assessment questions
Week 2
  1. Learn how to break down the process of using a portfolio to assess student artwork.
  2. Discuss the benefits and challenges of using portfolios as an assessment tool.
  3. Explore how student and professional art is being and can be displayed on the Internet.
Week 3
Reflecting on Artwork
  1. Discover how to use student self-assessment to think critically about artistic decisions.
  2. Develop an artist statement for a piece of artwork you created.
  3. Learn how continuous and ongoing formative assessment can drive your instruction.
Week 4
Collecting and Using Data
  1. Learn to use pre- and post-assessments for baseline data and to track student progress.
  2. Use a digital platform for chart and graph creation and visual representation of data.
Week 5
Your Assessment Plan
  1. Design an assessment plan based on class readings and examples.
  2. Write a reflection on tool kit creation and how tool kits relate to your teaching.
  3. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

The Big Picture

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

1. Research

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.

2. Discussion

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

3. 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.

What do actual art teachers think?

Christine C.
"It is amazing how much useful information I have learned in only a month. I feel much more confident in my assessment abilities and I'm actually excited to start implementing everything that I learned."
Shelly S.
"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."
Vanessa R.
"I feel high quality and relevant professional development, for art educators, is non-existent in my school district. Dedicating these past five weeks of my summer to focus on this assessment course was so worth it! What I managed to learn in such a sort amount of time is amazing."

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