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? 

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.

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $597.00 / Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Nov 1 Dec 7
Jan 1 Feb 28
Feb 1 Mar 31
Mar 1 Apr 30
Apr 1 May 31
Only 8 days remaining to enroll in this course.
All courses will be 2 months long starting January 1, 2019
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE001
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  • Reflect upon previous assessment practice and set practical goals for future implementation.
  • Interpret and evaluate formative and summative assessment strategies appropriate for a variety of teaching contexts.
  • Prepare authentic assessment tools which encourage meaningful student growth.
  • Plan methods for collecting and organizing student and instructor data.
  • Apply data collection measures as a means for reflection and advocacy.
  • Establish and present a professional stance concerning the role of assessment in the art classroom.

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 toolkit creation and how toolkits 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 "Assessment 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.
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."

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Assessment in Art Education”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/18)







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