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Music Test Yourself

 Test Yourself Question
Scoring Guide
Student Responses

In the 2008 arts assessment, students were asked to listen to a rhythmic pattern and then write the notes that would complete the pattern. To get a taste for what students experienced, you can use the tool below to complete a rhythmic pattern. Note that in the assessment, students were given specific guidelines for completing this task. The tool below is only meant to be a representation of the assessment question given to students.

Listen to the rhythmic pattern that students heard by clicking on the arrow on the music player below. After you hear the pattern, position your cursor over notes and rests that you think will make the rhythm sound finished. Drag and drop those notes and rests into the empty boxes labeled "your measure 1" and "your measure 2." Do not copy any of the measures that have already been used in the music. Make sure the ending that you write has the correct number of beats. 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 the question in the NAEP Questions Tool .





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




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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 Assessment.