Published Online: September 30, 2008
Published in Print: October 1, 2008, as Arts Assessment

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“An Unfinished Canvas: A Review of Large-Scale Assessment in K-12 Arts Education”

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Large-scale assessment of students’ proficiency in the arts could help ensure that children are offered standards-based instruction in music, visual art, theater, and dance, a new reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader contends, even though effectively carrying out such assessment is hard to do.

“One-time, on-demand assessments may capture only a small part of what is taught and learned in the arts,” states the report by SRI International, a research institute based in Menlo Park, Calif.

Still, the report cites research showing that subjects that are tested tend to receive greater emphasis in the curriculum. The report was sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and is one in an ongoing series of reports on arts education.

The report describes arts assessment in five states—Kentucky, Minnesota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington state—and the strengths and weaknesses of those programs. It also discusses the benefits and drawbacks of testing students in the arts.

Vol. 28, Issue 06, Page 5

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