Arts Education Standards & Assessment Focus of NEA Roundtable and Webcast February 14, 2012 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM EST at www.arts.gov
NEA releases report Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts - State of the Field and Recommendations in advance of webcast
January 31, 2012
Washington, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts will host a webcast, Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST at www.arts.gov. No pre-registration is necessary; to watch the webcast,go to the NEA's website at the scheduled date and time. Also, the webcast will be recorded and archived at arts.gov. It will be available for viewing beginning February 21, 2012 on the Research Convenings page.
As the field of educational assessment advances, and as alternatives to standardized tests emerge, the tools used to evaluate student learning, such as portfolio reviews, are beginning to gain greater currency. Given this development, it is even more important to examine arts educational standards and assessment tools to ensure that arts learning can become a vital force for enhancing 21st -century skills. This is the first time that the NEA will take a comprehensive look at this issue via the roundtable, webcast, and new research report, Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts: State of the Field and Recommendations.
NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement James H. Shelton III will open the roundtable. Following the welcome, a series of panels and presentations will examine the latest trends, current practices, and future directions for arts learning standards and assessment methods. An invited audience seated with the panelists will have the opportunity to ask questions. For those watching online who would like to submit questions, you can do so via Twitter with the hashtag #NEAartsed. Panelists will respond to key questions from online viewers on the NEA's Facebook page following the webcast. Visit the NEA's Facebook page beginning February 8, 2012 for "Meet the Moderators" posts in which the four moderators will respond to the question of why standards and assessment are important for a high-quality arts education.
Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts: State of the Field and Recommendations is available in advance of the roundtable on the NEA web site and will be the topic of the 11:15 roundtable session. Commissioned by the NEA from the evaluation firm WestEd, this national research report describes the current state of arts learning assessment tools and techniques. It provides a description of the current state of arts assessment from the perspective of two groups of stakeholders: district and school staff as one group, and policy-makers, arts organizations, and researchers as a second group. That report includes a literature review and an examination of stakeholders' experiences with assessment, common practices, and needs of the field as identified by stakeholders.
The agenda below outlines the session and is subject to change. Please see biographies of the moderators and presenters.
Additional arts education resources available through the NEA, including Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America's Future, are accessible in the publications section of arts.gov.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
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