Assessing knowledge, skill, and understanding is a crucial component of a sequential and comprehensive arts education. This section provides overview of arts assessment with additional tools and resources that illustrate key concepts.
Learning in the arts can be assessed in meaningful ways that are valuable to students, teachers, schools and districts. Using multiple forms of assessment captures nuances that are missed with only one approach. Each assessment tool provides a new piece of information and insight and broadens our understanding of students’ learning and work. Assessment should be embedded into the learning process and ongoing throughout the school year (rather than occurring at only one point in the calendar). Student artists benefit greatly from the circular process of creation, analysis, and revision. This section shows how arts assessment is a critical component of arts education.