Not long ago I heard about something called a "rubric".
"Rubrics-shmoobrics", I thought--just more edu-speak.(I don't remember them
in credential classes--maybe it was BR--before rubrics) Anyway, I read
Ellen S. Huffman's article in Art Education (jan.98) "Authentic Rubrics"
and was impressed. My students are in the process of writing their first
rubric to assess their portfolios. The assignment encompasses not only
construction of an art portfolio but a design problem for the cover. If
anyone is using an assessment technique like this--let me know what your
results have been. My students were puzzled at first but seemed to think
this was a better way for them to learn to evaluate their own work.
Corona del Mar High School
Newport Beach, CA