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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter examines the impact that state testing of both music and nonmusic subjects has had on American music classrooms. We sought to identify the effects the American educational assessment movement has had on music teaching and learning in classrooms and rehearsal halls. Beginning with an overview of the movement, and continuing with the response from teachers and students, the results of the assessment movement on teaching and learning are challenged. Our review suggests that state testing has had some positive effects on music education. Nonetheless, it is cautioned that a concerted effort must be made to ensure that state-mandated testing is used to benefit all programs and to promote learning in all areas.

Keywords: music, assessment, state, mandated, best practice

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