NEA Roundtable and Webcast Debrief

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Happy Hour to follow at the Prado Restaurant

Why are standards and assessments important for high-quality arts education? What are the latest trends, current practices, and future directions for arts learning standards and assessment methods?

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will host a roundtable webcast* on Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment. “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.” Download a copy of the report here.

The free webcast will be live on February 14 from 5:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST). Too early and too long for you? The Balboa Park Learning Institute and Museum of Photographic Arts invite you to join in the discussion at a webcast debrief session on Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Balboa Park.

*Additional information about the NEA Roundtable Webcast can be found here.

Who Should Participate
The debrief session is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the future of standards and assessments in art education.

How to Participate in the Debrief on Tuesday, February 28

  1. Visit the NEA website to learn more about the speaker panels and presentations.
  2. Select at least one session (45-60 minutes) you will watch in advance in order to contribute to the debrief discussion.
    • Panel 1 – Greater Scope for the Arts
    • Panel 2 – Arts Learning Standards for the 21st Century
    • Presentation – Current State of Arts Learning Assessment: Findings from a Recent Study by the NEA
    • Panel 3 – Innovative Practices in Arts Learning Assessment
    • Presentation – Arts Learning Standards & Assessment: How Do We Shift the Paradigm?
  3. Submit your RSVP and session selection to
  4. Watch your selected session by viewing the recordings available on the Research Convening site after February 21.
  5. Show up at the Museum of Photographic Arts’ boardroom on Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the key ideas of the roundtable webcast.
  6. Continue the discussion at the Prado Restaurant for Happy Hour (optional).

Send RSVPs and questions to

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