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ISAT Fine Arts Performance Definitions
Grade 4

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

Grade 4 students at the Exceeds Standards level consistently use the vocabulary of the arts, identifying sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities when describing a work of art. They consistently explain and describe how elements and principles combine within an art form to express ideas and support their opinions with examples. They consistently identify similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts and compare ways various artists express similar themes or ideas.

These students consistently select and use a variety of tools and processes in creating and performing works in drama, dance, visual arts, and music. They consistently describe a variety of artistic processes and match these processes with the appropriate tools needed. In addition, they consistently recognize and describe ways modern technologies and traditional tools are used in the arts.

These students consistently apply the creative processes of problem solving, interpreting, improvising, constructing, and imagining or visualizing to communicate in the arts. They consistently demonstrate a high degree of craftsmanship or skill in the performance or creation of one or more of the arts. They consistently demonstrate the ability to evaluate and refine their own artistic work and the artistic work of others.

These students consistently demonstrate appropriate audience behavior. They consistently describe how the arts contribute to communication, celebrations, occupations, and everyday life.

Grade 4 students at the Exceeds Standards level consistently identify and describe how the arts and artists communicate the similarities and differences among various people, places, and times. They also consistently identify cultural characteristics of a work of art. They consistently list significant artists and describe their contributions in one of more of the arts.

bullet Meets Standards

Grade 4 students at the Meets Standards level usually use the vocabulary of the arts, identifying sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities when describing a work of art. They usually demonstrate an understanding of how elements and principles combine within an art form to express ideas and usually support their ideas with examples. They usually identify similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.

These students usually select and use a variety of tools and processes in creating and performing works in dance, drama, visual art, and music. They usually describe artistic processes and match them with the appropriate tools needed. In addition, they usually recognize and describe ways modern technologies and traditional tools are used in arts.

These students usually apply the creative processes of problem solving, interpreting, improvising, constructing, and imagining or visualizing to communicate in the arts. They usually demonstrate craftsmanship or skill in the performance or creation of one or more of the arts. They usually demonstrate the ability to evaluate and refine their own artistic work and the artistic work of others.

These students usually demonstrate appropriate audience behavior. They usually describe how the arts contribute to communication, celebrations, occupations, and everyday life.

Grade 4 students at the Meets Standards level usually identify and describe how the arts and artists communicate the similarities and differences among various people, places, and times. They also identify cultural characteristics of a work of art. They usually list significant artists and describe their contributions in one or more of the arts.

bullet Below Standards

Grade 4 students at the Below Standards level occasionally use the vocabulary of the arts, identifying sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities when describing a work of art. They demonstrate a limited understanding of how elements and principles combine within an art form to express ideas and occasionally give examples to support their ideas. They occasionally identify similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts, and compare ways various artists express similar themes or ideas.

These students occasionally select and use a variety of tools and processes in creating and performing works in dance, drama, visual art and music. They occasionally describe some artistic processes and match it with appropriate tools needed. In addition, they occasionally recognize and describe some of the ways modern technologies and traditional tools are used in the arts.

These students occasionally apply the creative processes of problem solving, interpreting, improvising, constructing, or imagining/visualizing to communicate in the arts. They demonstrate limited craftsmanship/skill in the performance or creation of one or more of the arts. They occasionally demonstrate the ability to evaluate and refine their own artistic work and the artistic work of others.

These students may demonstrate appropriate audience behavior. They occasionally describe how the arts contribute to communication, celebrations, occupations, and everyday life.

Grade 4 students at the Below Standards level occasionally identify and describe how the arts and artists communicate the similarities and differences among various people, places and times. They also occasionally identify cultural characteristics of a work of art and occasionally list significant artists and describe their contributions in one or more of the arts.

bullet Academic Warning

Grade 4 students who perform at the Academic Warning level seldom use the vocabulary of the arts in identifying sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities when describing a work of art. They demonstrate a limited understanding of how elements and principles combine within an art form to express ideas and seldom give examples to support their opinions. They inconsistently identify similarities, distinctions and connections in and among the arts, compare ways various artists express similar themes or ideas.

These students inconsistently demonstrate the ability to select and use a variety of tools and processes in the creating and performing works in any art form. They describe very few artistic processes and seldom match processes with the appropriate tools needed. In addition, they seldom recognize and describe ways modern technologies and traditional tools are used in the arts.

These students seldom apply the creative processes of problem solving, interpreting, improvising, constructing, and imagining or visualizing to communicate in the arts. They demonstrate limited craftsmanship or skill in the performance or creation in any of the arts. They rarely demonstrate the ability to evaluate and refine their own artistic work and the artistic work of others.

These students seldom demonstrate appropriate audience behavior. They seldom describe how the arts contribute to communication, celebrations, occupations, and everyday life.

Grade 4 students at the Academic Warning level inconsistently identify and describe how the arts and artists communicate the similarities and differences among various people, places and times. They also seldom identify cultural characteristics of a work of art and do not list significant artists or describe their contributions in any art form.

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