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

Learning in the Visual Arts [Adopted March 2015; Reviewed and Revised, March 2018]

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

Quality instruction and assessment foster skills and provide 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 enduring understandings and essential questions that are relevant to learners and demonstrate how the visual arts impact society.

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

Resources

The Arts and Education: New Opportunities for Research, Arts Education Partnership, 2004. http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/New-Opportunities-for-Research.pdf

Deasy, Richard J., Editor. Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Scoail Achievement, Arts Education Partnership, 2002. http://www.aep-arts.org/wpcontent/uploads/Critical-Links.pdf

Fiske, Edward B., Editor. Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning, the Arts Education Partnership and the President’s Committtee on the Arts and the Humanities, 1999. http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/Champions-of-Change.pdf

Pistone, Nancy. Envisioning Arts Assessment: A Process Guide for Assessing Arts Education in School District and States, Arts Education Partnership and Council of Cihef State School Officers, 2002. http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/Envisioning-Arts-Assessments.pdf

Ruppert, Sandra S. Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Arts Education Partnership, 2006. http://www.aeparts.org/wp-content/uploads/Critical-Evidence.pdf

Sabol, F. R. Seismic shifts in the education landscape: What do they mean for arts education and arts education policy? Arts Education Policy Review, 2013. 114(1) 33-45.

Sabol, F. R. Arts assessment in an age of accountability: Challenges and opportunities in implementation, design, and measurement. In H. Braun (Ed.). Meeting the challenges to measurement in an era of accountability. (pp.183-216). Madison, WI: National Council on Measurement in Education, 2016.

Workman, Emily. Beyond the Core: Advancing student success through the arts, Education Commission of the States and Arts Education Partnership, September 2007. https://www.ecs.org/beyond-the-core-advancing-student-success-through-the-arts/

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