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High School Tech Model Cornerstone Assessments

A Model Cornerstone Assessment is a model of assessment with guidance for instruction which may be customized for use in your classroom.  Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are aligned to the 2014 National Theatre Standards and illustrated with examples of adjudicated student work.  MCAs have been created for high school in both performing and technical theatre tasks at three levels: proficient, accomplished and advanced. 

HS Accomplished Design Concept MCA

MCA Title: Design Concept Presentation
Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting
Task Description: Students will create a design concept presentation for a published play. They will describe the theme of the play, think about and write a clear design concept and respond to questions from peers and teachers. They will describe two elements of theatrical design – scenic & lighting or costume & make-up – in their design concept presentation. They will create a presentation of the design concept that must include written documentation and visual/audio samples, multimedia and/or digital artifacts. The purpose of this exercise is not to generate actual designs but to demonstrate the learner's ability to analyze the design requirements of the play and to create an overall concept for expressing the theme of the play through design.
Grade: HS Accomplished II


HS-II Accomplished MCA: Design Concept

HS Accomplished Design Rubric

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HS-II MCA: Design Additional Materials

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  • HS-II Accomplished MCA: Design Concept
    Download the MCA unit.
  • HS-II Design Unit- Student Reflection
    Download the student reflection here.

HS Advanced Design MCA

MCA Title: Advanced Design Concept Presentation
Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting


Task Description: Students will create a design concept presentation for a published play. They will write a clear design concept that includes a description and reflection on the play’s theme and respond to questions from peers and teachers. They will include all technical elements of design – lighting, scenic, costume, props, sound, make-up and graphics – to describe the overall design concept. They will create three-to-five minute presentation of the design concept that includes written documentation, visual/audio/physical samples and/or digital artifacts. The purpose of this exercise is not to generate actual designs but to demonstrate the learner's ability to analyze the design requirements of the play and to create an overall concept for expressing the theme of the play through design.


Grade: HS Advanced III

HS-III Advanced MCA: Design Concept

HS Advanced Design Rubric

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HS-III MCA: Design Additional Materials

View and download the unit and additional materials. 

  • HS-III Advanced MCA: Design Concept
    Download the Model Cornerstone Assessment Unit.
  • HS-III Design Unit Student Reflection
    Download the student reflection here.

Other Grade Levels

Elementary MCA Packages

Middle Grades MCA Packages

HS Performance MCA Packages