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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) are commencing 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.”

VAPA Standards Advisory Committee

The VAPA Standards Advisory Committee (VAPA SAC) will assist the Superintendent in developing recommendations for revisions to the VAPA Standards. The CDE recruited educators for the VAPA SAC during September and October of 2017. Applicants were reviewed and selected for recommendation to the SBE at the November Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) meeting. At the January 18–19, 2018 SBE meeting the SBE will take action on the IQC recommendations and appoint VAPA SAC members. They will also take action approving the Guidelines for the Revision of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards for California Public Schools, Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve.

The 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: Friday, December 15, 2017
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