The MAEIA assessment model is different than the standardized testing with which you may be familiar. Rather than interrupt instruction, the MAEIA assessments are intended to be used in conjunction with ongoing classroom instruction. The assessments can be used in several ways:
- as a “pre-assessment” activity to see what students know and can do;
- as a pre-post assessment, for educators to use during instruction in order to demonstrate their effectiveness; and/or
- as a post-instruction assessment to document what students know and can do following instruction.
Rather than the state (or anyone else) selecting assessments for you, it is up to each teacher to select the MAEIA assessments that already fit your planned instruction, and to use the assessments when and how they will be most useful to the individual teacher. It is suggested that teachers will select about 4 to 6 performance events or tasks, fit these into your instruction planned for the year, and use them in the manner most suitable to you. In other words, there is no standard number of assessments to be used, no standard time when are to be administered, and no standard use for the assessment – these are all up to you! The MAEIA assessments are both flexible and useful.
The MAEIA assessments were developed to assess fine arts performance through the use of 350 performance tasks and events. These assessments are fully searchable, downloadable and adaptable to curriculum and instructional style.