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Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: January 30, 2010


Date: Mon Feb 01 2010 - 05:56:11 PST

In a subject area like math or science, grades based strictly on
participation and behavior would be entirely unacceptable and if we
really are teaching art, then it should be unacceptable to give those
kinds of grades in art as well. Lois brings up some very good points
and makes some very good recommendations. If you are assessing a
students art learning on something as simply observational as
participation or behavior, then in my opinion you are doing a
disservice to your students. Assessment in the arts should not be
controversial, it should be well planned, valid, reliable, and based
on your curriculum, and none of that needs to be overly complex or


>> Subject: Grading Elementary Art
>> From: "Sue Cosgrove" <>
>> Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 07:49:43 -0600
>> X-Message-Number: 1
>> I teach PK-4th grade in Texas. We give two grades per six weeks,
>> participation (not skill) and behavior. We work on the E, S, N, U
>> system. I believe that participation is up to the teacher and is
>> really a discipline issue. The child is either engaged or not
>> engaged. If they are not engaged it is up to the teacher to correct
>> the issue. However, I have been asked to sort the participation
>> into the E, S, N, U scale. Does anyone already do that? How do you
>> do that? How do you document it? I would love to hear anyone
>> else's beliefs, advice, documentation etc. If you know of any web
>> sites that outline this issue I would be interested in that as well.
>> Sue Cosgrove
>> Art Teacher
>> Carroll Elementary School
>> 817-949-4353
>> This most insignificant day may end up to be your most cherished. -
>> Sue Cosgrove
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>> Subject: Re: Grading Elementary Art
>> From: Betty <>
>> Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:05:49 -0800 (PST)
>> X-Message-Number: 2
>> My goal is to give grades for working through a plan, starting on
>> time, good use of time, completion, cleanup, and self-assessment.
> Subject: Re: teacherartexchange digest: January 29, 2010
> From: Lois Girbino <>
> Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:05:20 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 2
> Subject: Grading Elementary Art
> Grading art at the elementary level is tough, but I do not think
> "participation" should be the main grade component. We've been having
> a lively discussion on our grading practices committee (district-wide)
> and the book I would recommend is A REPAIR KIT FOR GRADING: 15 FIXES
> FOR BROKEN GRADES by Ken O'Connor . Among other things, he suggests
> that behavior (i.e. participation) is a separate entity from product.
> Back to art: using a rubric for categories like "craftsmanship",
> "creativity" (defined in specific terms for each project, e.g. "mixed
> own colors for painting", or "created own technique for assembling"),
> "composition" could help you out. There are books on assessing art,
> like" Assessing Expressive Learning: A Practical Guide for
> Teacher-Directed, Authentic Assessment in K-12 Visual Arts Education "
> by Charles M. Dorn, Stanley S. Madeja, Frank Robert Sabol.
> Observation of progress, notations on student
> discussion/reflection, and other longitudinal methods are your
> "formative assessments", and the "product" is the "summative". Now, in
> general, we weigh our formatives/summatives on a continuum based on
> grade level (the lower the grade level, the more weight given to
> formatives)...That is a lot of work at the elementary level, but
> still, learners need valid feedback done in an age-appropriate manner.
> I'm fond of student-led critiques, following a simplified rubric, and
> other times we might write reflections on their art. In our district,
> we grade on a 4 point scale (1=little or no progress, 2= some
> progress, 3= proficient, 4=above grade level proficiency) & these
> grades are reported out to the state standards the lesson was aligned
> with. I spend some 60 hours setting up my online grading program at
> the beginning of the year, but then entering the grades are easy, and
> I don't have to compute averages. (I have over 750 students).
> Good Luck with a time consuming and controversial subject!
> Lois Girbino
> Life is short, art is long...-Hippocrates

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