At a district elementary teachers meeting, it was brought out that our state (Missouri) was scheduled to add the arts state assessment to the list of tests given on an elementary level.
The rumor is that the tests will be project assessments and will include the areas of dance, music, visual art and theater.
At this time, on the elementary level, most schools in the state do not have specialists in dance or theater. The tests are scheduled for the 1999-2000 school year.
My question is...Are there any elementary teachers that work in a state wherein similar testing is in place? If so,
what was your impression? What did you feel were the pros and cons of the tests and finally what did you do to
prepare students to be successful?