The Model Cornerstone Assessments provided here are rich, and many can be utilized throughout an entire semester or year of arts study. Some of the assessments address several or even all of the Artistic Processes; some address one process. These models may not reflect all of your instruction, nor all of the assessment tools you have at hand to measure student learning. Because student selection of arts courses in the high school can occur at any grade, the standards and the model cornerstone assessments to support them are written at three levels of proficiency rather than by grade.  The three levels were designed to be flexible enough to support varying degrees of achievement by students during high school.

The models are shared here for your use and investigation. While you are welcome to use the assessment as they are presented, please keep in mind that these are models or examples for you to work with.

We suggest that you:

1. Look at several of the assessments in your discipline area, or for your grade or development area of interest. What works for you and your students in the models you have reviewed?
2. Think about taking a small strand of the assessment and utilizing it within your instructional practice if it helps you capture evidence of student practice.
3. Share these models with your students. What do they think would work in supporting their learning, and documenting their learning to share with their peers? Their parents? Other teachers and classes?
4. Use the assessments here as examples, and create your own using the models provided.

Over the next several years, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards will be field testing these Model Cornerstone Assessments, providing examples of student product and practice which “Meet Standard” as described in the assessment and accompanying performing standards. If you are interested in helping with the field testing, please contact us.


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