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Re: National Assessment Testing of the Arts

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nop62861 (teresatorreseca)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 23:45:53 +0100


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Hello meropi and artsdsneters!

> I think assessment is a very essential process in art education. To
> make the artistic learning reliable, of course. But also to improve
> the quality of the strategies, to help the students in order to reach
> the best achievement. Teachers are often insecure about that . But i
> think we must not be afraid . On the contrary we must apply it in our
> teaching as a fondamental resource. May be we are not using the best
> process of assessment art works, may be some times we just teach for
> written tests and assessment is not only made only by this sort of
> data: i think the best models for assessment are based in the notes of
> students, in portfolios, in the dialogue with them: workbooks,
> processfolios, interviewes are much more reliable than tests.
> Assessing arts might be assessing achievement: ideas; process;and
> produc as Malcolm Ross have defined it . The most important is the
> student growth and students have the right to be assessed by their
> complete learning. In my experience, and because me too, sametimes i
> am insecure the best way to make reliable judgements is when two
> teachers are grading the same works. This is very important to limit
> the subjective factors and also because art is a dinamic discipline
> and we can not , and may not establish a static definition. Criteria
> and standards are not fixed rules,they act more like objectives and
> it is the essential role of the judge/examiner/ teacher who helps to
> grade the student. I think we can not avoid it. Because it is a step
> not only to make grades but also to help students in their growth. I
> have just read an article by Doug Boughton from Australia in Studies
> in Art Education 1997 38(4) about that issue, and i think he have a
> good proposal for assessing the arts.
>
> Best regards, from Portugal
> Teresa
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 Hello meropi and artsdsneters!

 I think assessment is a very essential  process in art education. To make the artistic learning reliable, of course. But also to improve the quality of the  strategies, to help the students in order to reach the best achievement. Teachers are often insecure about that . But i think we must not be afraid . On the contrary we must apply it in our teaching as a fondamental resource. May be we are not using the best process of assessment art works, may be some times we just teach for written tests and assessment is not only made  only by this sort of data: i think the best models for assessment are based in the notes of students, in portfolios, in the dialogue with them: workbooks, processfolios, interviewes are much more reliable than tests. Assessing arts might be assessing achievement: ideas; process;and produc as Malcolm Ross have defined it . The most important is the student growth and students have the right to be assessed by their complete learning. In my experience, and because me too, sametimes i am insecure the best way to make reliable  judgements is when two teachers are grading the same works. This is very important to limit the subjective factors and also because art is a dinamic discipline and we can not , and may not establish a static definition. Criteria and standards are not fixed rules,they act more  like objectives and it is the essential role of the judge/examiner/ teacher  who helps to grade the student. I think we can not avoid it. Because it is a step not only to make grades but also to help students in their growth. I have just read an article by Doug Boughton from Australia in Studies in Art Education 1997 38(4)  about that issue, and i think he have a good proposal for assessing the arts.

Best regards, from Portugal
Teresa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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