Assessing the Arts Toolkit

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I often run into people who find assessing the arts the hardest thing to wrap their head around.  After all, art is highly subjective, right?  How do you “grade” something that is so subjective?  Actually, assessing the arts is just like assessing anything else.  You have a set of very clear criteria and you simply go down the list and check if the work met that criteria.  At one of the recent conferences I attended (the Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute), we were given a wonderful document that highlights a variety of ways you can assess both the content and the arts – perfect for arts integration!

I have modified it and made it into a one-page quick assessing the arts toolkit that you can print off and slip into your planning or grade book for easy access.  Thanks to Maria Barbosa for providing such a fantastic list of ideas!  I hope this document helps to make assessing any area a little bit easier!

Assessment Toolkit

And if you’re looking for more helpful templates, resources and ideas like these for assessment, check out our online class Assessment for Makers.  You can access it at any time and receive a certificate for professional development hours, all while developing assessments that make sense for your classroom!


  1. Jessica August 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I really like the way this is all laid out and would love to adapt this type of concept to fit in with elementary art specifically. I think it really shows how broad assessment is. Its not just a test, there are many ways to get valuable data and for the arts, we must find the most creative ways! Thanks for sharing!

    • Susan Riley August 20, 2011 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Jessica! I so hope that you can use this assessment toolkit with your arts teachers as a way to enhance the assessment process!

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  5. Cindy Sullivan January 29, 2013 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Morning! Great resource. I am unable to get it to print PDF. Please help. Thanks!

    • Susan Riley January 29, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

      So glad it’s helpful. The printing issue may be due to your browser. I just tested it and it works on IE. Maybe try using a different browser? Thanks!

      • Cindy Sullivan January 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        I played around with it and it worked! Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Next week I am presenting to education interns at my local university RE the importance of objectives and assessments aligning in an AI lesson. Can you recommend any other information from this site I could share? Thanks again.

        • Susan Riley January 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

          Hi Cindy – what a great opportunity to share the information about curriculum alignment! I would take a look at all of the things we have up on Assessment, as well as curriculum mapping. If you type either one of those into the search bar, you’ll get a ton of results. Please let us know how your presentation goes!

  6. […] Keep your mind open as to what your assessment of another content might look like. It can be as simple as a checklist, an observation, a multiple choice, a short answer, or it can be more performance or project-based, including rubrics, portfolios, or presentations. Keep your options open, and choose the entry point you feel most comfortable with and will have the most success with as you begin! Don’t forget to download the Arts Integration Assessment Toolkit. […]

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