Upcoming NEA Roundtable and Webcast

by Laurie Baskin

in Education

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The National Endowment for the Arts will host a webcast, Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST at www.arts.gov. No pre-registration is necessary; to watch the webcast, log on to the NEA’s website at the scheduled date and time. Also, the webcast will be recorded and archived at arts.gov. It will be available for viewing beginning February 21, 2012 on the Research/Convenings page.

As the field of educational assessment advances, and as alternatives to standardized tests emerge, the tools used to evaluate student learning, such as portfolio reviews, are beginning to gain greater currency. Given this development, it is even more important to examine arts educational standards and assessment tools to ensure that arts learning can become a vital force for enhancing 21st -century skills. This is the first time that the NEA will take a comprehensive look at this issue via the roundtable, webcast and new research report, Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts: State of the Field and Recommendations (PDF).

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement James H. Shelton III will open the roundtable. Following the welcome, a series of panels and presentations will examine the latest trends, current practices and future directions for arts learning standards and assessment methods. An invited audience seated with the panelists will have the opportunity to ask questions. For those watching online who would like to submit questions, you can do so via Twitter with the hashtag #NEAartsed. Panelists will respond to key questions from online viewers on the NEA’s Facebook page following the webcast. Visit the NEA’s Facebook page beginning February 8, 2012 for “Meet the Moderators” posts in which the four moderators will respond to the question of why standards and assessment are important for a high-quality arts education.

The agenda is available here and outlines the session and is subject to change. Biographies of the moderators and presenters are available here.

Additional arts education resources available through the NEA, including Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future, are accessible in the publications section of arts.gov.

Laurie Baskin is TCG’s  Director of Government and Education Programs.