Reflections Judging Guidelines

Summary of the Judging Guidelines

Judge each arts category separately by age division.

You can advance to Council up to the top 20% of each arts category per age division. These are given the Award of Excellence by your campus. Approximately the next 20% will receive the Award of Merit, about 30% an Honorable Mention, and the rest participation. Tell your judges the approximate number of entries for each award. These can be adjusted somewhat if needed but you need to stick to about 20% advancing to Council. You can go slightly over if they are all truly exceptional entries. If you have less than 5 in a category, only send one on if it is an excellent interpretation of the theme, exceptionally creative, and executed extremely well.

Judging Rubric

Interpretation of Theme: How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement – up to 20 pts

Artistic Merit/ Creativity: How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation – up to 12 pts

Mastery of Medium: The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area – up to 8 pts

Reflections Judging in Seven Easy Steps

Step One: Identify and recruit Volunteers and judges to help you with your Reflections program. Remember that it’s best to have judges who are not closely affiliated with your campus.

Step Two: Verify eligibility of all entries received, including National PTA arts category rules and Texas PTA membership requirements. It’s important to be proactive in working with families to resolve any eligibility concerns prior to judging.

Step Three: Host your Reflections judging. Guidelines and suggested Scorecards are available for download. Council PTAs and Regional Coordinators should follow these judging Guidelines.

Step Four: Download and complete the Advancing Entry Spreadsheet.

Step Five: Following your judging, complete the Local PTA Participation Summary or Reflections Council PTA Results Summary (available in December).

Step Six: Advance entries to next round of judging by the published deadline.

Step Seven: Celebrate your students and Volunteers! Themed ribbons and certificates may be purchased through Texas PTA’s online Store. Download a Certificate Template for easier printing!