Advanced Placement Studio Art Scoring Guidelines
Subject: Visual & Performing Arts
Grade Level(s): 9 – 12
Measures Growth: No
The Advanced Placement Studio Art Scoring Guidelines is a grading rubric designed for students who have completed AP coursework in studio art. The guidelines assess the quality of a student's portfolio for either 2-D or 3-D visual art, using six principles of design (Unity/Variety, Balance/Emphasis/Contrast, Rhythm, Repetition, Proportion/Scale, and Figure/Ground Relationships).
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Great at Explaining High Standards
Aligned to My Instruction
Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach • Assesses higher-order thinking • Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Takes students too long to complete
Usefulness for Improving My Practice
Pros: Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year • Data is presented clearly • Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
Cons: Results are not returned quickly
While I haven't taught this AP art course, I use the 2D design portfolio rubric to plan instruction so that my introductory level courses are aligned with AP courses. In the past, I've used the rubric independently to grade final student drawing portfolios.
Submitted by Meredith in Tennessee on January 23, 2012