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.