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California Arts Standards

Information and Resources related to the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards).
California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards) on January 9, 2019. To download the publication version of the standards, select the link below.

Support for Planning Remote Arts Education Instruction

During the pandemic, some in-person activities associated with performing arts courses (dance, music, and theatre), such as groups practicing and performing, may sometimes not be possible. Despite this, instruction can continue to focus on the 2019 California Arts Standards associated with the artistic processes of creating, responding, and connecting, and students can continue to practice for performances during independent applied learning time. Educators may also consider how to approach rehearsal and performances through shared technology platforms and other innovative approaches. Please note that on October 14, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance External link opens in new window or tab. to clarify that “outdoor singing and band practice are permitted provided that precautions such as physical distancing and mask wearing are implemented to the maximum extent possible.”

Search the California Content Standards
This application contains the 12 California content standards. The application is designed so educators can quickly find, search, and sort relevant standards across disciplines to aid in instructional planning and assessment. This is a web view of our available mobile application, which we encourage you to download. You can find more information about the mobile application on the CA Standards Mobile Application web page.

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Prepublication Version of the Arts Standards

The prepublication version of the standards may be useful when customizing materials for professional learning. To download the pre-publication version of the chapters approved by the SBE, select the links below:

Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards Revision Background

Per California Education Code (EC) Section 60605.13, “The Superintendent, in consultation with the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), shall recommend to the state board revisions to the visual and performing arts content standards in the subjects of dance, theater, music, and visual arts adopted by the state board pursuant to Section 60605.1, and shall recommend visual and performing arts standards in the subject of media arts.”EC Section 60605.13 further specifies that the National Core Arts Standards “shall serve as the basis for deliberations.”

Focus Groups

In January 2017, the CDE convened three focus group meetings to provide input on guidelines to direct the work of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee (VAPA SAC).

VAPA Standards Advisory Committee
VAPA SAC Meeting Agendas and Notices

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Last Reviewed: Friday, October 16, 2020
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