Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative

Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative
Completing the Core: Measuring Student Growth in the Arts

Ohio school districts Hamilton Local, West Muskingum Local, Cincinnati Public, along with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) and Battelle for Kids make up the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative (OAAC), which was recently awarded Ohio’s Straight-A Grant in summer 2014. This initiative will create an innovative suite of authentic assessments to measure student growth for K-12 dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual arts while maintaining integrity to arts education standards. Once developed by teachers, field-tested for validity, reliability, and ease of implementation, the 44 assessments will be available to all Ohio educators.

The OAAC proposes to:
– build the capacity of arts educators to develop high-quality arts assessment through   professional learning in assessment literacy;
– develop 44 arts assessments, including scoring rubrics and samples of student work;
– ensure the developed assessments are valid and reliable growth measures;
– encompass the unique need for performance-based arts assessments to capture the focus  of production, perception, and reflection as defined in Ohio’s new fine arts learning  standards;
– establish a website to which all produced assessments will be housed, which will be  maintained for five years; and,
– share access for all Ohio’s educators to developed assessments, rubrics, student work samples, and resources for professional learning via the established website.

The 44 assessments will be developed by grade band as established in Ohio’s new fine arts learning standards: K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The breakdown of the assessments includes 13 for visual arts, 13 for music, nine for drama/theatre, and nine for dance. These assessments will be developed by 36 arts teachers, higher education faculty, members of the arts community, and arts professionals who will participate in professional learning focused on assessment literacy and development.

Thirty-six total writers will be contracted to deliver this work. These teachers will come from all three districts, as well as from OAAE’s network. The number of writers in each content area are as follows:

– 6 dance
– 12 visual arts
– 12 music
– 6 drama / theatre

Each assessment will be field tested in the second semester of the 2014-15 school year, by a group of 75 arts teachers, also identified by Hamilton Local, West Muskingum Local, and Cincinnati Public, and OAAE. Once the assessments have been field tested, the OAAC team will gather feedback from the testers and make the appropriate changes to assessments, if needed. The final products will then be shared on the established web site.

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About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, The John F. Kennedy Center, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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