Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard C


Facilitation of learning and achievement of all students (in accordance with the SBE Universal Education Vision and Principles), including the ability to:

c. Understand the connections between instructional decisions, grading, and assessment data.  Use formal and informal, as well as formative and summative, assessments to evaluate learning and ensure the academic achievement of all students;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to independently use a variety of assessment data to make instructional decisions. This happens on a daily basis in the music classroom, especially the instrumental classroom, but one type of assessment that can be the biggest aid to the instrumental music teach is the “chair test.”

Chair tests are a form of assessment in instrumental music that assesses the student’s abilities in sight-reading, performing etudes or prepared selections, understanding and knowledge of scales, and any other rhythmic or music-related assessment that an individual director may want to assess. Each item assessed is important to the music-making process and, when compared to the students’ daily performance and attitude toward the ensemble, can be used to the director’s advantage. Students who perform high in each assessment, as well as display a positive attitude and work ethic, will be placed “high” or “first” in their instrumental sections (sorted by instrument; clarinet, flute, tuba, etc…), giving them a leadership role in the section. When this is done properly and frequently, well-performing students have a chance to hone their leadership skills, while weaker-performing students have a reason to work harder (achieve a higher rating), as well as a people of interest who is their to aid them.

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