Measuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment. On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess student learning and the effectiveness of instruction. These tools were designed to support the Third Grade Curriculum. Below is a brief description of each tool.
- Third Grade Drama Rubric: This rubric was created to address the basic skills taught in the third grade curriculum. We use selected components of this rubric regularly. Give students only those parts of the rubric that you cover in a given lesson. You might want to create additional rubrics and a student record sheet for documenting student progress.
- Drama Self-Reflection: This drama self-reflection should be given to students at least three times throughout the year. Keep each version and have students compare their reflections at the end of the year. Feel free to read the statements aloud to the students, so nonreaders are not put at a disadvantage. Explain any statements they don’t understand. You want to keep this process safe as this is not an assessment and should not be graded or impact grades. This is simply a way for students to gauge personal growth and reflect on their own learning.
- Drama Journal: A drama journal has been included as an informal assessment tool to deepen and extend student thinking about the drama work. Journal entries can also provide you with formative assessment data. They can reveal concepts that remain unclear and provide student perceptions about areas of challenge.
- Third Grade Knowledge Assessment: A summative assessment covering vocabulary and other basic knowledge is included for use at the end of the year, or whenever you think the students are ready. Better yet, use it as a pre- and post-assessment to gauge learning.