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Year 7 Baseline Testing in Art

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by ailie_mills, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. ailie_mills

    ailie_mills New commenter

    I've been asked to include baseline testing in Year 7 Art for the first time this year. Does anyone use baseline tests and have any tests that are effective in assessing students' starting points?
  2. amimamim

    amimamim New commenter

    I've only ever done this after the first 6 weeks, so it's not really a baseline test as they have had a half term of teaching at secondary level. But I preferred this option to having students take a test which couldn't really assess all the skills and knowledge that I'd want to see included for an Art & Design subject specific baseline.

    We put together a fairly tightly designed scheme of work as an intro to year 7 and used the assessment from this as the baseline which proved to be a much more accurate and useful set of data than the averages from KS2 which had previously formed our basis for measuring progress.

    I'd be interested to know what you come up with...
  3. LOC87

    LOC87 New commenter

    We use a drawing and evaluation baseline test. After the first 10 weeks theyy sit an observational drawing test we draw a rubber duck and they have to evaluate it using key vocabulary. They get a mark for drawing and a literacy mark. We then repeat this in May/June time to show progression. The same test is repeated in year 8, 9, 10, but with a change of object sometimes Lego.
  4. Mrs Grumpy

    Mrs Grumpy New commenter

    First lesson with all year 7s I asked them to do that standard test of drawing a person, as detailed and complete as they can. It's as good as anything else. There's also a sort of marking/points scheme for it ... the Special Needs mob gets a look at the drawings, at their request, and they've found it very useful, too.
  5. TheArtyTeacher

    TheArtyTeacher New commenter

    This year we asked students to complete a line and tone draw of a a real pepper. A hard task for new Yr7. It has proved to be an accurate test of their drawing ability. They have gone on to do better when drawing from a picture.
  6. artcrisis

    artcrisis New commenter

    It isn't fair to "test" when you are assessing knowledge evaluating, geneating ideas and making. If it is purely on drawing ability then you will disengage some at a very early age. There is a good document in the members section of the NSEAD website.

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