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Arts Assessment

Eighth-grade students in schools across the nation participated in the 2008 NAEP arts assessment administered from January to March 2008.The assessment was given to a nationally representative sample of 7,900 public and private school students. Approximately one-half of these students were assessed in music, and the other half were assessed in visual arts. Learn more...


Exploring NAEP Arts

Developing an Arts Assessment: Some Selected Strategies is a web-only report, based on the 1997 arts assessment field test. It describes six strategies for creating an effective arts assessment. Assessing the Arts: Selected NAEP Tasks and Scoring Guides for Grades 4 and 12 1997 Field Test. Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts (NCES 2003-452) is a CD-ROM containing arts tasks and scoring guides developed for grades 4 and 12, which were not used on the 1997 assessment due to financial constraints. Single copies can be ordered at no charge while supplies last.

How the Arts Assessment Works

Learn what the assessment measures. Learn who took the assessment and how it was administered. Find out how the assessment was developed. Explore sample questions from the arts assessment. Find out what students know and can do by reading about the NAEP arts scale. Find out how to interpret the results of the NAEP arts assessment.

Using NAEP Data

Explore arts data in the NAEP Data Explorer.


Last updated 25 February 2015 (DS)
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