V.E420

Kiln Loading Test

Kiln Loading Test

Students will demonstrate understanding of kiln technology and the stages of clay.

This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

Teacher Scoring Rubric

  • Dimension
  • Identifying the Stages of Clay

  • Properly Stacking, Loading and Programming a Kiln

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • The student could not properly identify any stages of clay.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student could properly identify one to three stages of clay.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student could properly identify four to five stages of clay.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student properly identified all six stages of clay.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student could not properly stack, load, or program the kiln. The student had to be stopped by the teacher before items were damaged or deemed unsafe.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student could properly stack and load the kiln, but could not program it.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student could properly stack, load, and program the kiln, but the placement and spacing of items could have been better to accommodate more pieces in the firing.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student properly stacked, loaded and programmed the kiln correctly. Items were placed and spaced effectively.

    N/A at this time.
Having trouble viewing videos?

Leave Feedback for this Assessment

What did you like? Did you need to revise anything? How could we make this assessment better?
Our Assessments are written by teachers for you, so your feedback is important to us!

Comments about items may be moderated and/or reposted in the forums or blogs to aid item improvement and teacher learning. By leaving a comment, you agree that we can use your comment without attributing it to you.

Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with all of our assessments.

Sign Up Now!