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Table 123. Among public secondary school music and visual arts specialists who reported that they used various types of assessments to determine student progress and achievement in the arts, percentage distribution and standard error for reporting the extent to which they used various types of assessments: School year 200910
 
Type of assessment Music specialist Visual arts specialist
Not at all Small extent Moderate extent Great extent Not at all Small extent Moderate extent Great extent
Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Observation (†) 3 (0.5) 13 (1.3) 84 (1.3) (†) 4 (0.6) 17 (1.2) 79 (1.4)
Selected-response assessments
(i.e., multiple choice, matching)
22 (1.4) 39 (1.6) 30 (1.5) 9 (0.9) 22 (1.3) 48 (1.5) 23 (1.3) 7 (0.9)
Assessments requiring short written answers or essays 22 (1.4) 42 (1.7) 28 (1.7) 8 (0.9) 8 (0.8) 38 (1.6) 36 (1.6) 18 (1.6)
Performance tasks or projects 1! (0.4) 5 (0.8) 18 (1.3) 76 (1.5) 1! (0.2) 1! (0.3) 8 (1.2) 90 (1.2)
Portfolio collection of student work 55 (1.7) 27 (1.4) 12 (1.2) 7 (0.8) 8 (0.8) 16 (1.4) 28 (1.5) 48 (1.9)
Developed rubrics 15 (1.1) 29 (1.5) 33 (1.6) 23 (1.5) 4 (0.6) 11 (1.1) 31 (1.4) 54 (1.9)
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution; the coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to 30 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Percents are based on the percentage of teachers who used any formal assessments to determine student progress and achievement in the arts (98 percent of secondary music specialists and 99 percent of secondary visual arts specialists). Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Arts specialists are education professionals with a teaching certificate in an arts discipline—such as music, visual arts, dance, or drama/theatre—who provide separate instruction in that discipline.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Survey of Secondary School Music Specialists,” FRSS 103M, 2009–10; and “Survey of Secondary School Visual Arts Specialists,” FRSS 103VA, 2009–10.

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