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Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards

Information and resources related to the Visual and Performing Arts content standards for students in Pre-kindergarten and Grades 1-12.
Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards Revision

The CDE, Instructional Quality Commission, and State Board of Education (SBE) are commencing the process for revising the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) content standards. California Education Code. Section 60605.13, calls for the Superintendent, in consultation with the Instructional Quality Commission, to recommend to the state board revisions to the current visual and performing arts content standards, that are based upon the National Core Arts Standards, on or before January 31, 2019.

Standards Revision Project Resumes

The suspension of the VAPA Standards Revision Project, imposed by the Governor’s proposed 2017–2018 Omnibus Budget in January 2017, has ended. In June 2017, the Governor signed the final 2017–2018 Budget, terminating the suspension and restoring funding to the project.

While the SBE will not take action on a newly revised Timeline for the project until September of 2017, the proposed recruitment of educators for the VAPA Standards Advisory Committee (SAC) is scheduled to proceed. The application submission period and the proposed VAPA SAC meetings dates included in the revised Timeline are:

  1. Application recruitment period: September–October 2017
  2. Proposed VAPA SAC meeting dates:

    • February 13-14, 2018
    • March 7-8, 2018
    • April 4-5, 2018
    • May 3-4, 2018
Instructional Quality Commission Meeting – July 24, 2017

Meeting to be held on first day of History-Social Science Adoption Deliberations
Posted Meeting Agenda and Items:

Final dates for these activities and the remaining milestones related to this project will be posted to this Web page soon after SBE action in September 2017.

Focus Groups

The CDE will convene three focus group meetings to provide input on guidelines that will be utilized by a group of arts education experts who will be tasked to develop the new standards. The meetings are open to the public.

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Resources Division | | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 17, 2017
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