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Performance Assessment

The following table shows performance assessment formats appropriate for documenting student achievement of the Fine Arts TEKS. The first column is for grades K-6, while the formats in both columns are options for grades 7-12. Multiple assessments provide more complete information on student achievement than any one assessment alone.

Performance Assessment Formats for Grades K-12:

Additional Performance Assessment Formats for Grades 7-12:

Teachers should align their assessment practices with the following principles:


A rubric is a tool that helps teachers implement effective assessment of the Fine Arts TEKS. Rubrics communicate a clear continuum of performance levels and help students learn to critique their knowledge and skills and to assess their growth. Though rubrics can take many forms, they are often shown in a table.

The first step in developing a rubric is to determine the critical dimensions of the performance or project. As shown below, these dimensions are placed in the far left-hand column of a table. Next, decide on the appropriate number of performance levels. This number determines the total number of remaining columns in the table.

Now provide the criteria for each performance level. This is easiest if a sample of products is available. Group samples by level of knowledge and skill demonstrated and describe common characteristics of each level. In the absence of samples, teachers make their best predictions. Involving students in this process can create a great deal of buy-in on the part of learners. Students can provide descriptions of successful and unsuccessful projects. After using a rubric, make any adjustments for future use. Teachers should also retain sample products that illustrate desirable demonstrations of knowledge and skill. Using multiple samples of strong performances shows learners that there are multiple ways to demonstrate high standards.

Some characteristics of effective scoring rubrics include:

Teachers who have not used a rubric before will experience a learning curve. The development and use of rubrics will become more efficient and effective over time. Here are some cautions for first-time users: