In my peronal experience in elementary levels, I have found that when
using the state and federal assessments, the kids become involved with
what they are learning. When intorducing a lesson I tell and show the
standards the lesson meets. In doing this they realize not only what
they are learning more comprehensively, but also, the seriousness and
revelance of knowledge of the arts. It also helps with students who are
apathetic, because they fully realize what they are doing and learning
in art class is important. It encourages an attitude wanting to put
thier best effort forward.
Overall, I think that teachers should not feel threatened by the state
and nationwide arts assessment iniciative. As teachers alway being
threatened to be put on carts and our budjets dwindling because of
overcrowding in schools we should thank our legislators for these
assessments and standards. They are Promoting the value of the artsas a
crucial part of the educational system. And , WHo knows, maybe your
budgets will increase because of it?