May 2, 2016
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has issued an invitation for arts educators—including theatre teachers—to adjudicate high school student work collected as part of the 2015-16 Model Cornerstone Assessment (MCA) Pilot Project. The MCA high school pilot, partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, continues a project that began last year with a benchmarking of elementary and middle school student work in the arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Examples of the benchmarked work from the project’s first phase can be viewed on the standards website.
As in the first phase, adjudicators will score the collected high school students' material with the goal of creating a resource bank of standards-based student work aligned to the 2014 National Core Arts Standards.
Model Cornerstone Assessments tasks at the benchmark levels of second, fifth, and eighth grades, and the three high school levels of proficient, accomplished, and advanced were released simultaneously with the Core Arts Standards. MCAs for theatre were created by a standards-writing team made up of members of the Educational Theatre Association and the American Alliance for Theatre in Education. The MCAs serve as examples of evidence of student achievement reflected in targeted performance standards.
The benchmark teams will conduct independent reviews of student work virtually before gathering for a three-day meeting in Reston, Virginia, August 6 through 9, to determine final benchmark scoring. Five theatre educators will be selected to serve as benchmarking team members through a rigorous application and interview process that will close at midnight, May 23. All travel, room, and board costs for the team members will be covered by NCCAS. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply here.
Additional information about the project is available on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards wiki.