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Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Art, Design and Art History


This research study was designed by a middle school art teacher to fulfill the new teacher evaluation requirements in Virginia. The study was implemented in a sixth grade art classroom of sixteen students in the 2012 fall semester. This research study investigated the use of an authentic assessment tool to document student growth in a middle school art classroom. This performance assessment tool, evaluating student artwork, used detailed criterion-referenced rubrics to score student achievement in units focused on drawing and painting. The design included a pre- and post-instruction artwork that was assessed with the created rubrics. Student artwork was organized in digital portfolios to also document student growth and achievement. Students wrote reflective artist statements to demonstrate mastery of the instructional objectives and learned vocabulary. This assessment tool was designed to test the viability of using detailed rubrics and performance assessments to provide data on student growth and achievement as measures to determine teacher performance evaluation requirements.