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State Board requests public comment on proposed fine arts core standards

The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday, Oct., 9, 2015, to release draft Utah Core Arts Standards for a 90-day public review ending on January 15, 2016. Draft standards for grades K-12 have been written for the specific arts disciplines of Dance, Drama/Theatre, Music and Visual Arts. Draft standards for grades 6-12 have been written for Media Arts. The standards have each been written with four artistic strands:

  • Create
  • Perform/Present/Produce
  • Respond
  • Connect

The 2015 revisions can be reviewed here: Fine Arts, Elementary Fine Arts, and Secondary Fine Arts.

Elementary draft standards are organized by grade level. Secondary draft standards are organized by art-form, level, and, in the case of music, by specialty.

The writing teams consisted of public and private arts educators, district arts coordinators and representatives from higher education. The writing teams used a number of resources in their work. The work of the writing teams was submitted to USBE who then requested revisions in some content and format. The draft standards reflect those revisions.

Core Standards Revision Feedback

You may provide online feedback at any time during the 90-day period.

Additionally, Utah State Office of Education staff will also host five public meetings to receive feedback on the proposed revisions to the fine arts standards. You are invited to attend and give your feedback in person. The meeting dates, times and places are:

October 27, 2015
Washington County
Location: TBA
6:30 p.m.

November 3, 2015
USOE
250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City
6:30 p.m.

November 17, 2015
Cache County
2063 North 1200 East, North Logan
6:30 p.m.

December 1, 2015
Duchesne District
Location: TBA
6:30 p.m.

January 5, 2016
Nebo District
Location: TBA
6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Utah State Office of Education Fine Arts revision page.

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