RTTT Performing Fine Arts Assessment Project

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Blueprint Information

What is a Test Blueprint?

The Test Blueprint identifies the objectives and skills that are to be tested and the relative weight on the test. 

A Test Blueprint is a detailed, written plan for a test that typically includes descriptions of the test´s purpose and target audience; the content or performance areas it will cover; the types of items and number to be written for each content or performance area, their scoring, and other characteristics.  

The blueprint should ensure the desired coverage of topics and level of objective.  The Project Test Blueprint includes the Course, the Benchmarks and their weight, the amount of time for the assessment, the types of items (selected response/multiple choice, short answer, extended response/essay, performance task), the number items, and the points.

Classified Benchmarks

In preparation for the Test Blueprint, the Steering Task Force classified all of the Florida Performing Fine Arts benchmarks into categories according to the Artistic Process, and weighted the Responding Benchmarks and the Big Ideas.


  • Performing
  • Creating
  • Responding
  • (Best Assessed in the Clasroom)

Responding Benchmarks are weighted.  Please see the percentage (%) in the Blueprint.

  • WEIGHTED Big Ideas & Benchmarks
  • Essential,  Important,  Nice-to-know

BLUEPRINTS - Two Sections

A:  Responding - 30 to 40 min.
B:  Performing/Creating - no longer than 15 min.


While taking the test, the student may need to listen to an audio stimulus or watch a video stimulus twice.  If each stimulus is 45 seconds, the student will have 30 seconds to answer the Selected Response/Multiple Choice item.
  • Selected response/Multiple Choice - 2 min. (1 pt)
  • Short answer - 3 min (2 pts)
  • Extended response/Essay - 4 min (4 pts)
Total Items must not exceed time limit.  Total points must stay  within the weighting ratio.

First Column = Big Idea
Second Column = Benchmark weight (E is "Essential," I is "Important," NtK is "Nice to Know")
Third Column = R is "Responding," P is "Performng," C is "Creating"
Performance Tasks are both Performing and Creating.


PERFORMANCE TASKS (Performing TEST ITEMS) are essential to an authentic Performing Fine Arts Assessment.

Performance Tasks – prepared, on-demand, improvised (individual and ensemble)

  • Demonstrates several benchmarks simultaneously
  • Requires higher order thinking at “Depth of Knowledge” levels 3 and 4
  • Represents the work in the Performing Fine Arts classroom
Scoring Rubrics

  • Each part of the rubric is considered a “item” within the “task.”
  • Each part of the rubric or “item” is worth up to 4 points.
  • 6 “items” in a rubric = 24 possible points

PERFORMANCE TASKS for individual performance

Performing Tasks measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple benchmarks/standards.
In the first column above, tasks A, B, C etc. group several benchmarks in one task.  The A is the first Performance Task that covers 4 benchmarks and is categorized as a "prepared" task as the students will have time (generally two weeks) to prepare their performance.  Task B and C is this example are two additional task and are "on demand" where students are given a prompt and must perform on demand.  D and E are for Creating Benchmarks.  Both Performing and Creating benchmarks are measured with "Performance Tasks."  Performance Tasks demonstrate a high "Depth of Knowledge."
  • Depth of understanding
  • Research skills
  • Complex analysis


  • Capture the performance
  • Connect the performance to the assessment task
  • Include the scoring rubric
  • Provide the rubric to scorers on-line
  • Reserve the performances of students for at least 4 years to demonstrate growth

Hard-to-Measure PERFORMING Fine Arts

The RTTT initiative charges the Florida Department of Educataion to measure INDIVIDUAL Student Achievement.  The Performing Fine Arts are Hard-to-Measure because most classroom work includes teams of students (dance, ensemble, band, chorus, orchestra, acting troupe), and the students are involved in Performing/Creating activites, rather than Responding activities.

Hard-to-Measure?  YES!

  • Performance-based tasks
  • Collaborative activities
  • Creative outcomes

Higher-Order Thinking

Test Blueprints for Performing Fine Arts

The following Test Blueprints include all benchmarks for each of the Highest Enrolled Performing Fine Arts courses.

These Blueprints are suggested detailed, written plans for your End of Course Exams (EOCs). 

The first column includes the percentage of the Big Ideas, as designated by the Project Steering Task Force.
The second column includes the weighted Benchmarks - Essential (E), Important (I) and Nice-to-know (NtK).
The third column includes the benchmark mode - Responding (R), Performing (P), Creating (C).
The fourth column includes the benchmark number and benchmark.
Item Types include: Selected Response (SR) or multiple choice, Short Answer (SA), or Extended Response (ER) or essay.

All Course Benchmarks are included on the Blueprints.  The Performance Item Specifications may not include all of the Performing Benchmarks.  Please refer to the Blueprints for your EOCs, if you wish to include all of the Performing benchmarks.

DANCE - Blueprints

MUSIC - Elementary Blueprints

MUSIC - Middle School Blueprints

MUSIC - High School Blueprints

Theatre Blueprints

NOTE: This information was developed under a grant from the U. S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U. S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.