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NAEA Position Statement on Instruction, Assessment and Student Learning in the Visual Arts

[Adopted March 2015]

NAEA believes that quality teaching in the visual arts is a multi-faceted, complex endeavor that acknowledges the integral relationship between instruction, assessment, and learning. Authentic assessment in the visual arts informs instruction and, in itself, is a collaborative process between learners and educators.

Quality instruction and assessment fosters skills and provides tools so that learners can reflect on and carefully consider their learning in art, empowering learners with greater agency in shaping their own development. The art educator grounds art experiences in essential understandings and inquiry questions that are relevant to learners and demonstrate how the visual arts impact society.

NAEA advocates for policy makers and administrators to support professional development that empowers art educators in facilitating the integrated process of meaningful instruction, assessment, and learning.

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