Assessment in Schools – Creative Subjects

T. E. Costantino, L. Bresler

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Assessment in fine arts education has been a challenging topic for educators. Traditionally arts educators have been uncomfortable with making an evaluative judgment by assigning a grade in subjects that are characterized by inherently creative processes and products. Considering this legitimate challenge, arts educators at all levels emphasize performance and authentic assessment strategies utilized frequently for formative as well as summative purposes. This article briefly discusses standardized testing of fine arts learning in order to acknowledge this context, but then focuses on classroom/individual student assessments in each fine arts discipline, because the most significant activity in arts assessment occurs at the classroom level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education, Third Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080448947
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Accountability
  • Art
  • Assessment
  • Authentic assessment
  • Creative subjects
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Fine arts
  • Formative assessment
  • Large-scale assessment
  • Music
  • Performance assessment
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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