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Music: Creating

Student Assessment Using Model Cornerstone Assessments

The Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) provide an instructional and assessment framework into which teachers integrate their curriculum to help measure student learning. Each school program has a unique population and circumstances that guide curricular decisions. The MCAs, designed by and for music educators, provide adaptable assessment tasks that will assist students through the each of the artistic processes outlined in the 2014 Music Standards, allowing them to demonstrate the quality of learning associated with the performance standards. The assessment rubrics have been designed and tested to be used in the classroom by teachers. If administered as written by a practicing music educator, the MCAs are documented to be valid assessments of student learning and can reliably document student growth throughout a music program.

The MCAs are focused on student learning and are not evaluations of teacher quality or effectiveness. They are to be used by teachers to inform instructional decisions and curricular choices. In preparing future teachers, the MCAs may also be included in the curricula of teacher education programs. State associations may use the MCAs freely in professional development for practicing teachers and supervisors.

Listed below are MCAs ready for classroom use. These are available as a PDF. Along with the MCAs, you can also click through to the National Core Arts Standards website and view examples of illustrative student work created by students based on these MCAs.

Please note that extensive modifications, while encouraged based on your classroom needs and resources, will impact the validity and reliability scores for the assessments. To learn more visit here.

 

Music Model Cornerstone Assessments Grade 2

Download the MCA: General Music, Grade 2, Creating

Approaching Standards: Student work samples

Meets Standards: Student work samples

Exceeds Standards: Student work samples

 

Music Model Cornerstone Assessments Grade 5

Download the MCA: General Music, Grade 5, Creating

Approaching Standards

Meets Standards

Exceeds Standards

 

Music Model Cornerstone Assessments Grade 8

Download the MCA: General Music, Grade 8, Creating

Approaching Standards: Student work samples

Meets Standards: Student work samples

Exceeds Standards: Student work samples

 

Music Model Cornerstone Assessments Ensembles

Download the MCA: Ensembles, Creating

Approaching Standards

Meets Standards

Exceeds Standards

 

Model Cornerstone Assessments

Approaching
Standards

Meets 
Standards

Exceeds 
Standards

General Music, Grade 2, Creating

Student work samples

Student work samples

Student work samples

General Music, Grade 2, Performing

Student work samples

 

 

General Music, Grade 2, Responding

 

 

 

General Music, Grade 5, Creating

 

 

 

General Music, Grade 5, Performing

Student work samples

Student work samples

 

General Music, Grade 5, Responding

Student work samples

Student work samples

Student work samples

General Music, Grade 8, Creating

Student work samples

Student work samples

Student work samples

General Music, Grade 8, Performing

 

 

 

General Music, Grade 8, Responding

 

 

 

Ensembles, Creating

 

 

 

Ensembles, Novice/Intermediate, Performing

Student work samples

Student work samples

 

Ensembles, Proficient, Performing

Student work samples

Student work samples

 

Ensembles, Accomplished/Advanced, Performing

 

 

 

Ensembles, Responding

 

 

 

Ensembles, Harmonizing Instruments, Proficient

Student work samples

Student work samples

Student work samples

Music Technology, Proficient

 

 

 

Music Composition/Theory, Proficient

Student work samples

Student work samples

Student work samples

Music Composition/Theory, Accomplished

 

 

 

Music Composition/Theory, Advanced

 

 

 

 


MCA Project Details and Acknowledgements
MCA development and piloting was led by a team of researchers and music educators over the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 school years. We thank all participants for their contributions to our understanding of student assessment in music, and for their creation of model assessments for use by the field. Special thanks to the lead researchers, Dr. Frederick Barrack, Kansas State University, and Dr. Kelly Parkes, Teachers’ College, Columbia University. To learn more about their work, including the forthcoming book on this project, Assessing student learning for the 2014 National Standards for Music in K-12 Context: A Research-Supported Approach to Applying Model Cornerstone Assessments in School Music Programsclick here.