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Measuring Student Growth in the Arts

Educators have always measured student growth in subjects like math, science, and reading. After all, high-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth. High-quality vendor assessments for the arts are not currently available, leaving arts educators to develop measures on their own, often without adequate assessment literacy. To fill that need, The Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of arts educators, created an innovative suite of authentic assessments to measure student growth for K–12 dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual arts.  Learn more.


After years of debate Congress and President Obama agreed on December 10, 2015 to reauthorize the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and end the contentious No Child Left Behind Act. The new federal education law is entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and, in a major policy change, scales back the role of the federal government in the areas of testing, teacher evaluations, academic standards, and school reforms. Learn how ESSA may impact arts ed.

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