Susan Riley | January 2015

How to use Standards Based Grading in the Arts

Are you being asked to use Standards-Based Grading?

Many schools shifted to using this approach to assessing students, and report cards. However, as so often happens, there is little shared about how to implement this in the arts.  When looking at the systems accompanying Standards-Based Grading, it can be so easy to be overwhelmed.  Besides, who has time to set up grade books, rubrics, and topic maps for each standard for hundreds of students?  Yet, this is the reality for arts educators who regularly see 400+ students every week.

That’s why we held our live workshop on Standards-Based Grading in the Arts on January 21st, 2015 as part of our free Master/Class series.  If you missed it, you can view the entire presentation right here:

In this video, we cover:

  • What IS Standards-Based Grading?
  • The implications of this approach in the arts classroom
  • Sample topic outlines and rubrics using arts class examples
  • How to connect this approach to Student Growth Objectives
  • Ways to use Standards-Based Grading to empower your students to own their learning

As with all of our Master/Class sessions, if you find the information helpful and want to use the templates and rubrics in your own classroom, you can purchase the resource guide for just $15.

And don’t forget to check out our assessment for makers online class.  You can sign up at any time and you’ll receive a certificate of professional development hours for attending.  Let’s learn and grow together!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan