General Assessment Resources


Many of these items are posted courtesy of Jeff Beaudry, associate professor in the Department of Professional Education at the University of Southern Maine. He has served as MAAI's connection to higher ed and guru on data collection and dissemination. Equal gratitude to Catherine Ring who has discovered and utilized many of these resources as an instructor for the New England institute for Teacher Education.


MALI Resource Bank

In 2013, the Maine Arts Commission funded a six member team of teacher leaders representing Visual Art, Music and Theater, at elementary, middle and high school levels, who were be charged with two things: 1)  Create two full standards-based units, including assessments, lesson plans and resources, and 2) Create templates that anyone could use to submit resources to the bank in the future or to develop arts curricula for classroom use. Mission accomplished! There are now 12 complete standards-based units serving two purposes: 1) to be shared and/or adapted by other teachers for their own classroom use, and 2) as exemplars of quality arts curriculum work. The templates for unit design, lesson plans and assessments are available for all to use.


7 Strategies for Formative Assessment 

Jeff's consise and thorough overview


10 Commandments for Good Assessment

Mohr, Pat. "The 10 Commandments of Good Assessment." SCASS Arts Education Consortium . , San

Antonio. 1999.


Australia Arts Assessment Documents

The national curriculum document.


Blooms Revised Taxonomy


Brains On Fire: How Research On The Brain Can Inform Arts Education - conference workshop links

Catherine Ring, New England Institute for Teacher Education - What implications can research on brain development have on arts education? What is the role of the arts in learning? How are common myths about the brain hampering teaching? Here is the latest research on neuroscience and brain development, and learn how you can build a compelling case to enhance arts programming in your school.


Deconstructing Standards Worksheet


Envisioning Arts Assessment

A Process Guide for Assessing Arts Education in School Districts and States


Glossary of Terms Related to Proficiency-Based Learning

From the Maine Department of Education, helpful links embedded as well


In The Midst Of Madness - conference workshop links

Jen Nash, Sebasticook Valley Middle School Music & MaryEllen Schaper, Bonny Eagle Middle School Dance & Jeff Beaudry, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, University of Southern Maine  - In 2012 An Act to Ensure Effective Teachers and School Leaders was signed into law in Maine. School districts across the state are working towards implementation of evaluative methods for teachers. Writing rigorous assessments that measure student growth is a critical component of this work.


Keys To Quality Assessment 

Jeff alludes to the Stiggins model



Metarubric: Criteria for judging the quality of rubrics—a rubric for designing effective rubrics!


New Zealand Arts Assessment Documents

Includes the national curriculum.


North Carolina Assessment Of Student Work

The new evaluation/data collection piece for North carolina


Proficiency Based learning: An Advocacy Story - conference workshop links

Rob Westerberg, York High School Music - Strategies for continued implementation of PBL in the arts classroom, highlighting the powerful corollary advocacy points that go along with each. If our advocacy efforts have been so useful for the past 20 years, why are we still so much in need of more? Our most recent PBL work has the potential to finally push arts education to the forefront of our school's academic agenda while providing the richest, most relevant curriculum possible for our students.


Teacher Checklist on Student Involvement in Assessment

Take this self assessment and see where you stand!


Scoring Rubrics

For a variety of Arts assessment tasks. These may be replicated or modified to successfully meet your individual needs. Submitted by Maryland Fine Arts Education


Studio Habits Of Mind - conference workshop links

Theresa Cerceo, Dr. Levesque Elementary, Wisdom Middle/High School Visual Arts & Janie Snider, Hancock Grammar School Visual Arts 
Exploration of assessment and proficiency using the Studio Habits of Mind (SHoM), presents a practical look at how one can understand and use the constructs of Studio Thinking in our classrooms to promote independent, self-directed learning. 


Tools and Strategies for Formative Assessment 

Jeff's annotated list of ideas for Formative Assessment


Understanding By Design Website

Exceedingly exhaustive amount of resources in all formats, compiled by Jay McTighe himself


What is “Good” Assessment? A Variety of Perspectives

17 pages of reflections from dozens of sources, compiled by Linda Suskie