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Visual Arts Test Yourself

 Test Yourself Question
Scoring Guide
Student Responses

In the 2008 arts assessment, students were asked to respond to questions about two self-portraits and then to create their own self-portrait. To get a taste for what students experienced, you can use the tool below and create your own self-portrait. Note that in the arts assessment, students are given professional tools and specific guidelines for creating the self-portrait. The tool below is only meant to be a representation of the assessment question given to students. To see the scoring guide used to score actual student responses, click on the "Scoring Guide" tab above. To see actual student responses from the assessment and an explanation of how the responses were scored, click on the "Student Responses" tab above. You can also explore this question  in the NAEP Questions Tool.

Think about how you could communicate something important about your personality by drawing your face and upper body. Using the drawing tool below, create a self-portrait that will communicate to a viewer something you think is important about your personality. You may use a mirror if you wish.



Click and drag on the canvas below to draw a self-portrait. To erase your portrait and start again, click the Refresh button in your web browser.

Percentage of students in each response category at grade 8: 2008











# Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because the percentage of responses rated as "Off-task" is not shown. Off-task responses are those that do not provide any information related to the assessment task.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center
for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2008 Arts