Academic journal article The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (Online)

Test Anxiety

Academic journal article The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (Online)

Test Anxiety

Article excerpt

In this series of eight images, I investigate the interplay between cultural contexts and semiotic forms, specifically the role of categorization in the construction of schema. Drawing from abstraction, children's drawings, public schooling, and my experiences as a mother, I chart patterns and categories that surface as images are interpreted, distilled, and finally output into imagery. Through such a process, the concrete is often transformed into the symbolic.

This project plays with standardized testing and its role in U.S. public schools. It was inspired by Mike Rose's (2004) writing on public education, democracy, and equity. He writes that test results tell us a lot about high-scoring students - the system and economy are working for their learning styles and socio-economic positions. What standardized test results do not reveal is how the students who underperform on them can excel in other areas. Not all successful people who managed to navigate through the system and rise in their fields scored well on standardized tests. …

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