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ISAT Fine Arts Performance Definitions


Grade 9 / 10

The following words are used throughout the performance-level definitions to indicate frequency of a student’s behaviors. They are defined here to provide more consistent interpretations of the definitions.

Consistently – almost always or always
Usually – more than half the time
Occasionally – less than half the time
Seldom or inconsistently – not very often, erratically applies skill, shows no discernible pattern

The descriptions of fine arts attributes assume that all students have a working knowledge of the language of the arts; that through creating and performing, students understand how works of art are produced; and that students have an understanding of the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present.

bullet Exceeds Standards

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Exceeds Standards level consistently analyze and evaluate student and professional works for ways in which aesthetic qualities are used to convey intent, express ideas, or communicate meaning. They consistently understand how different art forms combine to create an interdisciplinary work (e.g., musical theatre, opera, and cinematography)

These students consistently analyze and evaluate how the choice of media, tools, processes and technologies support and influence the communication of ideas. They also consistently perform and create complex works of art using a variety of techniques, technologies, resources, and independent decision-making.

These students consistently analyze how careers in the arts are expanding based on new technologies and societal changes.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Exceeds Standards level consistently analyze how the arts shape and reflect ideas, issues, or themes in a particular culture or historical period. Students consistently name significant artists in drama, dance, visual arts, and music and describe their influence.

bullet Meets Standards

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Meets Standards level usually analyze and evaluate student and professional works for ways in which aesthetic qualities are used to convey intent, express ideas, or communicate meaning. They usually understand how different art forms combine to create an interdisciplinary work (e.g., musical theatre, opera, cinematography)

These students usually analyze and evaluate how the choice of media, tools, processes, and technologies support and influence the communication of ideas. They usually perform complex works of art using independent decision-making and a variety of techniques, technologies, and resources.

These students usually analyze how careers in the arts are expanding based on new technologies and society changes.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Meets Standards level usually analyze how the arts shape and reflect ideas, issues, or themes in a particular culture or historical period. Students usually name significant artists in dance, drama, visual art, and music and describe their influence.

bullet Below Standards

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Below Standards level occasionally analyze and evaluate student and professional works for ways in which aesthetic qualities are used to convey intent, express ideas, and communicate meaning. They occasionally understand how different art forms combine to create an interdisciplinary work (e.g., musical theatre, opera, and cinematography)

These students occasionally analyze and evaluate how the choice of media, tools, processes, and technologies support and influence the communication of ideas. They seldom perform complex works of art using a variety of techniques, technologies, resources, and independent decision-making.

These students occasionally analyze how careers in the arts are expanding based on new technologies and societal changes.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Below Standards level occasionally analyze how the arts shape and reflect ideas, issues, or themes in a particular culture or historical period. Students occasionally name significant artists in two or more art forms and describe their influence.

bullet Academic Warning

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Academic Warning level seldom analyze and evaluate student and professional works for ways in which aesthetic qualities are used to convey intent, express ideas, or communicate meaning. They seldom show an understanding of how different art forms combine to create an interdisciplinary work (e.g., musical theatre, opera, cinematography)

These students seldom analyze and evaluate how the choice of media, tools, processes, and technologies support and influence the communication of ideas. They inconsistently perform works of art using a variety of techniques, technologies, resources, and independent decision-making.

These students seldom describe how careers in the arts are expanding based on new technologies and societal changes.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 at the Academic Warning level inconsistently describe how the arts shape and reflect ideas, issues, or themes in a particular culture or historical period. Students seldom name significant artists from any art form and inconsistently describe their influence.

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