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Arts Assessment Testing

Arts Assessment and Testing

Arts Board Proficiency Exams
All SCPA students in grades 4-12 are required to take the Arts Board Proficiency Exams each semester.  The exams occur in January for Semester 1 and in late April/May for Semester 2. The instructors in your child’s department review your child's work (performance, portfolio or presentation). The instructors then assign scores based on a set of rubrics developed by each arts department to determine your child's success in meeting the established exam standards.  All 4th-12th grade students must meet or exceed the standards established by their department in order to remain in their current arts department and to be promoted to the next level of arts study.  Students are informed of their exam score by their arts teacher.   

The four evaluation grades are:

Excellent is the rating given to a performance, portfolio or presentation that clearly exceeds all of the standards criteria for the arts proficiency review. 

Passed is the rating given to a performance, portfolio or presentation that clearly meets the standards criteria for the arts proficiency review. 

Warning is the rating given to a performance, portfolio or presentation that is inconsistent in meeting all the standards for the arts proficiency review. 

Failure is the rating given to a performance, portfolio or presentation that either (1) does not meet the standards for the boards/ proficiency review or (2) is the result of the student not attending their assigned arts examination time.

All student board portfolios, presentations and performances that meet Excellent and Passed criteria are promoted to the next level of arts study.  All Warning and Failure portfolios, presentations and performances will result in a departmental probation or dismissal from the Arts Department.  As the student handbook indicates, any student in grades 7-12 that receives a rating of warning or failure in two of three consecutive semesters will be removed from that arts major.  If this major is the only major that your child is carrying, he/ she will be required to successfully audition into another major in order to remain at SCPA. 


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