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How New York State Is Approaching a Framework for Arts Assessment

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Apr 09, 2018

Like numerous states across the country, New York is currently faced with constructing a new framework for arts assessment and devising a new relationship between arts achievement and more traditional testing. In particular, the Board of Regents is, according to the Daily Gazette, “considering allowing students to earn arts-focused high school degrees using portfolios that demonstrate artistic achievement and growth.” These degrees could be obtained while bypassing the traditional final Regents exam.

A portfolio-based approach to arts assessment would allow students to showcase the progression of their artistic craft—including drafts, revisions, and final works—rather than just taking a one-off exam. While the Board of Regents has not yet approved this approach, earlier this week they heard testimony “on efforts to develop the criteria and to outline what those portfolios would look like and how they would be judged,” according to the Daily Gazette.

During the discussions, “Regent Judith Johnson said state education officials have done a poor job of emphasizing the importance of the arts. She also noted that schools and districts in low-income areas are often the ones that have had the hardest time maintaining strong arts programs across grade levels.”

Read the full article here.

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