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Kate Stover

(559) 741-0809 Ext. 3648

Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards

Visit Arts Education Partnership's ArtScan to compare your state's current standards with the new national standards and to review other current policies supporting arts education in your state!

California State Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell Introduces Legislation on New Visual and Performing Arts Standards
On February 19, 2016, Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell, the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, presented a new Visual and Performing Arts Standards Bill,
AB 2862 to the Assembly Education Committee. It has been fifteen years (2001) since California last adopted standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. AB 2862 will require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene a panel of experts to recommend new Visual and Performing Arts standards to the State Board of Education and the Board would be required to adopt the standards on or before January 1, 2019. AB 2862 is jointly sponsored by CAEA and CMEA and supported by CETA, CDEA, CA PTA and CAAE. 

Read the full text and follow the status of the bill here
Read CMEA's position statement here

For more information about California's current VAPA standards (2001) and California's current Arts Education requirements (which include dance, music, theatre, and visual arts in the course of study for students in grades 1-12), click below:
  • VAPA Standards (2001) 
  • Education Code Section 51210 (Grades one through six) 
  • Education Code Section 51220 (Grades seven through twelve) 

California Senator Ben Allen Introduces Legislation on 
Dance and Theatre Credentials

On January 27, 2016, Senator Ben Allen held a press conference in Sacramento to announce the introduction of SB 916, the Theatre and Dance Act (TADA!). This legislation would establish long-awaited dance and theatre credentials in California. California is one of only two states in the country without dance or theatre credentials. The bill, if passed, would direct the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to begin a process to convene experts in those fields to draw up a new credentialing process and to get feedback from teacher education programs and school districts. The bill would allow current dance and theatre teachers to continue teaching those subjects. Read more.

Read the full text and follow the status of t
he bill here

Watch the full press conference below

Visual and Performing Arts and Arts Integration
 Included in New Teaching Performance Expectations

On June 16, 2016, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing took a bold step towards recognizing the importance of arts education for all teacher credential candidates. Visual and performing arts and arts integration are now highlighted components of the newly adopted Teaching Performance Expectations of California. Dr. Merryl Goldberg, Professor, CSU San Marcos, who was instrumental in the advocacy effort leading to these new guidelines, writes a blog detailing what the changes are and what they mean for teachers and students in California. (Courtesy of the California Alliance for Arts Education) Read more.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson’s Arts Education Task Force Submits Recommendations to Restore the Arts to California Classrooms

January 29, 2015, SACRAMENTO—An arts education task force formed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is calling for arts education to be elevated to a core subject and be available to all students so it can retain its vital role in developing creative expression and critical thinking skills in preparation for 21st century careers.  

The 30-page summary report,
A Blueprint for Creative Schools, was compiled by Torlakson’s 100-member Blueprint for Creative Schools Task Force that he formed in 2012. This is a streamlined version of the full 118-page report, meant to highlight the Task Force’s important work.

Published in July 2016

Published in May 2016

New CAAE Policy Paper on the Arts and Equity  

The California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) has released a new policy paper titled “At the Crossroads of the Arts and Equity.” The paper underscores the Alliance’s commitment to its goal of every California student receiving access to high-quality arts education. The paper highlights ways that arts education strategies can support Title I and Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) goals. 

Excerpt from “At the Crossroads of the Arts and Equity” :

“All children deserve an education that inspires them to discover, to engage deeply, to think creatively, to hone their passion and skill, and to apply that skill in the real world.”

Read the entire paper here.

Above and Beyond: The Story of the 4C's

FableVision in collaboration with Partnership for 21st Century Skills has produced a short, animated film called Above & Beyond. Help your students go “above & beyond”, by embracing the 4Cs – communicationcollaborationcritical thinking and creativity.