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California Arts Framework

Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to educators, parents, and publishers, to support implementing California content standards.

Development of the California Arts Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The California Department of Education (CDE) is developing the California Arts Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) to incorporate and support the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve, which were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in January 2019.

Note: A revised Schedule of Significant Events for the Arts Framework will be submitted to the SBE for approval at the May 6–7, 2020, SBE meeting. This revision will change the date of SBE action to adopt the framework from May 2020 to July 2020. This additional time will allow for a more comprehensive and considered review of all public comment prior to SBE consideration of the Arts Framework.

Public Comment for Draft Arts Framework

On January 16, 2020, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) recommended the draft Arts Framework to the State Board of Education for adoption and approved the draft to be posted for a second 60-day public review and comment period. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for interested individuals or organizations to provide input on the draft framework.

Members of the public are invited to submit comments on the draft through March 30, 2020, at 2 p.m., via email to vapa@cde.ca.gov. Comments may be submitted in any format, but if a commenter is seeking revisions to the draft it is recommended that the comment include the chapter, page, and line number(s) of the text as it is currently written in the draft, and the exact language of the suggested change.

To download the draft chapters approved by the IQC, select the links below:


Instructional Quality Commission
1430 N Street, Room 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-319-0172
vapa@cde.ca.gov

Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee

On January 9, 2019, the SBE appointed 20 members to the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (VAPA CFCC) to assist in the development of the Arts Framework.

Visual and Performing Arts Framework Focus Group Report

Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 9511(c), the CDE convened four focus groups across California to inform the content and guidance in the VAPA Framework.

Current Framework
Additional Resources


Note: To order a copy of this framework please contact CDE Press.

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | VAPA@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 24, 2020
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