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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 Education Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The California Department of Education (CDE) is developing the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional 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.

Draft Arts Framework (Revised May 2020)

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 second public review and comment period concluded on March 30, 2020. The IQC discussed the public comments at their meeting on April 17 and recommended additional edits. The SBE will take action on the draft Arts Framework at the meeting on July 8–9, 2020.

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

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
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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: Thursday, May 14, 2020
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