Use of Stimulus Materials
in Developing Assessment Tasks
Stimulus materials are fine arts resources used in assessment activities to help establish context, purpose, and focus. Stimulus materials are usually provided at the time of test administration; however, some may require advanced listening, viewing, or other exposure. Materials should be developmentally appropriate and essential to the contextual framework of the task. They may be presented either aurally or visually with consideration given to materials that represent cultural diversity.
Stimulus materials may include:
- Still and moving images
- Musical scores and notation
- Audio- or videotape recordings
- Live performances
Obtaining Permission for Use of Copyrighted Material
Every published work of art is subject to restrictions for use. Before downloading or reproducing any material for any purpose, it is important to research the conditions under which it may be used. Works considered to be products of creative expression (or "intellectual property") are protected by prevailing copyright laws. Materials may take various forms such as text-based material, film or audio recordings, visual images, etc., and may be accessed from various sources such as books, commercially available video or audio tapes or CDs, or through the Internet. Prior to making a stimulus selection for an assessment task, it is important to research the conditions under which materials may be downloaded, duplicated, and distributed. The penalty for violating copyright law can be very severe.
Specific information about the use of stimulus materials is provided for:
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