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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 pre-publication chapters approved by the SBE, select the links below:

Chart of Public Input (DOCX)
This chart includes public comments received during the 60-day public review period of the draft Arts Standards.

Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards Revision Background

Per CaliforniaEducation 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: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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