ELIGIBILITY High school seniors who have completed at least 10 credits in Visual Arts coded coursework – or 9 credits if they have at least 1 credit in foreign language*– may sit for the examination. If successful they will receive the Chancellor’s Endorsed Diploma in the Arts: Visual Arts from the Office of Arts and Special Projects upon graduation. High school seniors who have completed at least 6 credits of Visual Arts coded coursework also may take this exam. If successful they will receive a Certificate of Arts Achievement from the Office of Arts and Special Projects upon graduation. In both cases recognition may be placed on students’ transcripts. Attachments to this Memo include: A. Examination Scope, Format and Administration (2 pages) B. Portfolio: Area(s) of Specialization A. Presentation of Artwork C. Portfolio Rubric D. Portfolio: Area(s) of Specialization B. Reflective Essay E. Portfolio: Reflective Essay Rubric F. Teachers’ Graphic Organizer for Entering Student’s Portfolio Grade Attachments B and D are to be given to students by Friday, March 31st so they may prepare their portfolios and write their reflective essays before the exam. The scores for the portfolios and the reflective essays are due to the Office of Arts and Special Projects no later than Thursday, June 1st. Schools will be sent an Excel spreadsheet to enter the data regarding credits accrued in visual arts and in a foreign language. Sample exam: http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/files/Blueprints/VisualArts/Sample%20Visual%20Arts%20Exam.pdf
Address questions to Karen Rosner, Coordinator of Visual Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org
* As per Part 100 of the Regulations of the NYS Commissioner of Education CC: Anna Commitante Paul King Grace Pepe Borough Assessment Implementation Directors Attachment A EXAMINATION FORMAT PART I - ART CONCEPTS: Design, Materials & Techniques, Cultural & Historical Connections - 30 points Answer ALL 60 multiple choice questions Print out the sample examination and refer to it as you read the following information regarding the Art Concepts section of the exam.
The exam may be found at: http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/files/Blueprints/VisualArts/Sample%20Visual%20Arts%20Exam.pdf
Each work of art referenced in Art Concepts is used as a stimulus to ask design, technique, historical and contextual questions. Students should be familiar with the glossary in the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts. They also should be aware of the chronological order of major art movements. Completing this section successfully does not rely upon students’ detailed knowledge of art history (i.e. identifying artists and dates). As an example of the scope of Art Concepts, images used in this section may be selected from but are not limited to the following art historical periods: Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome Pre-Columbian Renaissance Impressionism 20th Century Contemporary In addition, works of art referenced in Art Concepts may be selected from a broad range of geographic and ethnic areas.
PART II - ESSAY: ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION - 15 Points An essay response based on a given premise, and on selected works of art included in the examination booklet.
PART III - PERFORMANCE APPLICATIONS - 25 Points A. Two Dimensional Applied Design: a design application using a color medium (10 Points) B. Drawing from Observation: a drawing from observation using a black and white medium (15 Points)
PART IV – PORTFOLIO: AREA(S) OF SPECIALIZATION - 30 Points(DUE PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION) NOTE: Part A and Part B must be completed before the examination. The Testing Coordinator will be emailed an Excel spreadsheet to enter these scores to be returned no later than Thursday, June 1st . The spreadsheet will have a column for entering foreign language credit as well. A. Presentation of Artwork (20 Points) An evaluation of five student artworks demonstrating mastery in 1, 2 or 3 areas of specialization. Areas of specialization include but are not limited to: Architecture Photography Two-Dimensional Applied Design/Graphic Design Ceramics Printmaking Fashion /Textile Design Drawing Sculpture Media Technology Painting Video Stage Design B. Reflective Essay (10 Points) An essay response based on the artwork in the student’s portfolio
12th grade students who are preparing to graduate with a Chancellor’s Endorsed Diploma in the Arts: Music will successfully complete the June 2017 Music Commencement Examination. This exam is designed to evaluate the learning that has taken place over the span of a student’s high school career. The examination is also aligned with the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Music. Student Eligibility: The exam is available to high school seniors who have amassed a minimum of 9-10 credits in sequential music coursework. This advanced designation can be applied toward partial fulfillment of the Regents diploma requirements.
The Commencement Music Examination consists of three sections:
Section I: Multiple choice & written short answers
Section II: NYSSMA Solo Adjudication
Section III: Portfolio of documented school-time and out-of-school time performances, and a written self-reflective essay Students must complete all three sections of the exam in order to qualify for the endorsed diploma.