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Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards

Information and Resources related to the Visual and Performing Arts Standards for California Public Schools: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve.
Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards Revision

The CDE, Instructional Quality Commission, and State Board of Education (SBE) have commenced the process for revising the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) content standards. Per California Education Code (EC) Section 60605.13, on or before January 31, 2019, “The Superintendent, in consultation with the Instructional Quality Commission, 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.”

Public Comment for Draft VAPA Standards

On July 26, 2018, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) took action to begin the public review and comment period for the draft VAPA Standards. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for any interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the IQC. Those comments and suggestions will inform the IQC’s actions at its November 15–16, 2018 meeting, at which it will consider recommending the draft VAPA Standards to the SBE for adoption in January 2019.

Draft VAPA Standards
The IQC and the SBE welcome your review and comments on the draft VAPA Standards.

Provide Public Comment
Select the link above to access an online survey to review and comment on the various sections of the draft VAPA Standards. The online survey will remain open through September 30, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
VAPA Standards Advisory Committee
VAPA SAC Meeting Agendas and Notices

VAPA SAC meeting dates are:

  • February 13-14, 2018
  • March 7-8, 2018
  • April 4-5, 2018
  • May 3-4, 2018
Focus Groups

The CDE convened 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, now concluded, were open to the public.


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Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 2, 2018
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