Measuring Student Growth in the Arts for K–12 Students

Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative

Measuring Student Growth in the Arts for K-12 Students

High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate assessment literacy.  Research indicates that a large percentage of arts teachers do not believe they’ve been adequately prepared to develop arts assessments, feel they do not have time to revise and improve their assessments, and typically work in isolation to find or create whatever assessments they do use.

To address these needs, The Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative (OAAC), a consortium of Hamilton Local School District, West Muskingum Local School District, Cincinnati Public Schools, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Battelle For Kids, and the Ohio State University, has created an innovative suite of authentic, performance-based arts assessments to measure student growth for K-12 dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual arts.

These new arts assessments:

  • Align with arts education standards in Ohio
  • Were field-tested for validity, reliability, and ease of implementation
  • Are available with professional learning resources such as scoring rubrics, administration guides, and examples of student work, developed to build the assessment literacy of arts educators
  • Help capture the growth of students in subjects like dance, theatre/drama, music, and visual arts


“If we can continue to approach the curriculum in an authentic way, and in a way that children can understand, and that teachers can use, then they’ll use these assessments and it will be part of what they’re doing instead of something additional.”

Deborah Graham-Gibson, Music, Upper Arlington City Schools

Developed for Educators by Educators

More than 100 urban, rural, and suburban K-12 arts teachers, higher education faculty, and arts education professionals from across Ohio collaborated to develop, field-test, and provide feedback to inform the final version of the assessments. These individuals were identified by Ohio school districts Hamilton Local, West Muskingum Local, and Cincinnati Public, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

The 45 arts assessments were developed by grade band as established in Ohio’s new fine arts learning standards for grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The breakdown of the assessments includes 13 for visual arts, 14 for music, nine for drama/theatre, and nine for dance.


Assessment Overview

Grade Band  Content Area
Visual Arts Music Drama/Theatre Dance
K–2 3 3 3 4
3–5 3 3 4 4
6–8 2 2 2 3
9–12 2 2 2 3
Total 13 14 9 9


Accessing the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative Portal (

From the OAAC homepage ( you will be able to access the following materials and information:

  • Information about how the assessments were developed, and what organizations were involved. 
  • Assessments for K–12 visual arts, theatre, dance, and music.
  • Administration materials, including administration and scoring guidelines, data collection sheets, and student performance examples.
  • Learning resources for professional development.

PLEASE NOTE: Much of the website is accessible to the general public. The individual assessments are only available to educators who have registered with Battelle for Kids. Users who have previously used Battelle for Kids Online Solutions should use their existing login information. First time users will need to create a new registration. Registration requires a district or school-specific access code. Your principal can provide you with your school's access code, or you can look it up on the OAAC website using your Educator State ID. (Follow the instructions below.)




Accessing the OAAC Assessments

1. Visit the OAAC portal homepage at
2. Choose “Assessments” from the blue ribbon at the top of the page.
3. Select the Assessment you would like to view.
4. An account login page will open.



5. Current Users: If you already have an account (because you’ve used other Battelle for Kids online solutions), enter your user name (full school email address) and password, and click “Login.”

  • If you’ve forgotten your password, select the “Forgot Password?” link. You’ll then be prompted to enter your email address and you’ll receive an email with a link to reset your password.

6. New Users: Select “Create Account.”


Then, enter your school email address and the access code provided by your principal.




If you don’t have an access code, simply select the link to request your Access Code. You will be asked to enter your name, a password, and your Educator State ID number, a series of two numbers followed by seven letters, found in the top left corner of your teaching license. You can also look up your Educator State ID by searching here.

7. After a successful login, you will be able to view the assessment materials.


Locating Arts Assessments

From the Assessments page, you can view the full library of assessments for each subject area.

  • Assessments can be filtered by choosing a subject and/or a grade level.
  • To access an assessment and support materials, click on the icon for the assessment you would like to view.
  • Note: You will be asked to login before you can view assessment and support materials. Please see the previous page for login instructions.
  • To begin a new search, select “Reset” to reset the filter.



If you require technical assistance with the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative website, email Battelle for Kids at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-866-543-7555 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., EST.