A Comparison of the Relative Merits of Different Methods of Assessment in the Visual Arts
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Assessment in the visual arts is most often designed. implemented and refined by the classroom teacher. This study examines the merits of several commonly used methods of assessment. Many of these practices provide the conceptual basis for the forms of assessment implemented at a high school in southwest Michigan (MHS). These assessment practices include self-evaluation, class critique and scoring rubrics. The effectiveness of the student self-evaluations and class critique was based on informal observations and judgments by the teacher. A quantitative study was conducted comparing the pre/post consistency of grades assigned by raters using a scoring rubric. The results (grades) were compared within and among three raters. The results suggest a high degree of reliability for individual raters. There was a lower degree of reliability between raters. The combination of informal reflection and quantitative study provided a comprehensive measure of the merits and weaknesses of the assessment practices implemented at MHS.