We are currently writing Ele. assessments in my district. The team who has
developed the rough draft (of which I was a part) decided that both were
equally important. We are doing a rubric based, holistic assessment. One of the
things we felt was important was collecting documentation from each student to
show planning and higher order thinking, and problem solving. Part of the
assessment instrument will include a "booklet" where that information will be
collected (thumbnail sketches, student responses, teacher notes, etc.). In my
state, students in visual arts have to have opportunites to create and respond.
Creating is much more than "making"....it involves many steps...the
idea/planning stage is as important as the finished product at the elementary level.