(1) Should children's learning and performance in art be evaluated/assessed
by the art teacher (and by the students themselves)? It hard to argue
against this question as we (and our students) are always evaluating
performance and learning in the classroom...whether we do it informally
(i.e., teacher observation) or formally (based on lesson objectives or some
(2) Should children's learning and performance in art by "graded" by the
art teacher? It seems to me that grading is something we do, because our
institutions require it and its an easy way to report to our educational
communities (parents, principals, students, etc.,) what's going on in our
programs and how well students are performing under our direction. I know
that some school districts here in Florida (and I would imagine elsewhere)
have done away with "grades" and have gone to a narrative report on the
students' performance. I believe this is certainly a hopeful trend.
I just think we need to distinguish between these two types of activities
here (i.e., evaluation vs grading). We can (and should) evaluate/assess
student performance...We grade students (where its required) based on our
On a related matter: We had some people post rubrics they've created or use
in their classrooms on this list before. As Ann suggested, I think it
would be useful to all of us, if people would post their rubrics here
(particularly new ones). I know it would help my art ed students.
P.S. I never met a grading system I really liked.
CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, FAC 302, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
new email address: rolandc