The History of the MAEIA Project
The MAEIA Project has been developed by the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in partnership with Michigan educators.
MAEIA resources and tools help districts and schools strengthen their systems and advance arts as a core element of a public education.
The story of the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) project starts with the release of 2011 Arts Census data, updated and State Board approved MI Arts Content Standards (2011), and a significant commitment by the Michigan Department of Education to build interim assessments for grade levels and content areas not tested for accountability purposes with a state-provided measure.
The Michigan Assessment Consortium, a non-profit consortium of educators deeply committed to improving assessment knowledge and practice, partnered with Data Recognition Corporation, a national assessment company, to build what became MAEIA – a comprehensive package of resources and tools arts educators will use to increase access to high quality arts education programs and practice in Michigan’s schools. The MAEIA Blueprint Document, the compendium of Research and Recommendations, and the Program Review Tool combine to permit districts to engage in purposeful and systemic program improvement and enhancements. The MAEIA Catalogue of more than 350 curriculum-embedded performance tasks and events was designed from assessment specifications uniquely crafted to support learning that engages students in the creative process and pursuit of highly prized 21st century skills.
During the evolution of the project, National Arts Standards were revised and educator effectiveness became a national topic. States, including Michigan, revised state statutes outlining how educators will be evaluated. A feature of educator effectiveness law calls for demonstrating student growth in the discipline during an academic year. Educators have been eager for access to measures that will reflect the important knowledge, skills and habits of the discipline and metrics that accurately and fairly reflect student progress. The MAEIA Catalogue of Performance Tasks and Events, coupled with guidance about appropriate use of these assessments, provides one option arts educators might choose to use to track and demonstrate student growth and/or proficiency in their discipline.