My state has an evaluation system for teachers called TKES. Part of our evaluation involves assessment. Last year, when this syetem was inagural (and so was I!) the prospect of assessment in the art room left me with a million ?s. How could I assess artwork which is a mainly subjective domain in an objective way? How could I find the time to assess each and every piece of art created by each and every of my (give or take) 700 students? How could I assess in a way that made sense to the kids so that they could also be a part of the assessment process?
Just like the minion above, I was totally baffled. UNTIL I CAME ACROSS THIS. I have no earthly idea who originally came up with this (I wish I did so I could thank them!) So if you know please tell me. This rubric is based on national standards and it is written in a kid-friendly manner! I wanted to tweak it a bit for my classroom and simplify it to go along with my Artwork Checklist:
So I created a rubric that can be used for ANY project for ANY grade (I would suggest 2-5 because the graphic organizer structure might be kind of tough for the little ones.) I made a poster size version of the rubric and posted it in my class so students can always see what they are being graded on.
Students will also take ownership of their grade by filling out a rubric for each project. They can award themselves points and even leave me a comment (did you like this project? what was your favorite part? what would you do differently?)
So far, this process has gone really well. Most kids are very honest about the grade they deserve and the ones who are not will get the reality check when I fill out the teacher column. I’m really excited to have this new assessment system in place, hopefully it will make my students think more critically about their work.