Assessing Creativity

Here’s a great set of standards that can be applied to the evaluation of creative works by students. Can creativity be assessed and should it? The companion article from Grant Wiggins makes a compelling case that it can and should be evaluated.

….it is vital when asking students to perform or produce a product that you are crystal-clear on the purpose of the task, and that you state the purpose (to make clear that the purpose is to cause an intrinsic effect, NOT please the teacher.

This article from ASCD also delves into the question of assessing creativity and makes additional points on the necessity for providing feedback to students on whether their work is “creative” (read engaging, interesting, varied, and original.)

Finally, Sir Ken Robinson also has some thoughts on creativity and why it should be assessed and evaluated. The big takeaways:

  1. Creativity is a process.
  2. Creativity involves breaking new ground with original work.
  3. Creativity ultimately is about value. Is the creation any good?

Sir Ken Robinson on Learning, Education, and Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, an expert in creativity, innovation and human resources, gave this popular talk at the┬áTEDconference in 2006. Since that time it’s been viewed over 3.5 million times by students, parents, and educators around the world. In a companion article written for CNN, How Schools Stifle Creativity he talks about the impact of the original video and discusses his major points in more detail. Both the article and the video contain tremendous insights into the way the human brain works, how we all learn, and how creativity is essential to the learning process we all engage in.