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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 in January 2019.

  • Schedule of Significant Events
    The schedule of significant events for the revision of the Arts Framework was approved by the State Board of Education on July 11, 2018.
Public Comment for Draft Arts Framework

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) approved the draft Arts Framework for public review and comment on September 19, 2019. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the IQC. The comment and suggestions received will be reviewed at the IQC meeting on January 15–16, 2020, when the IQC will consider recommending the draft Arts Framework to the State Board of Education for adoption in May 2020.

Select the link below to access an online survey to review and comment on the various sections of the draft Arts Framework. The online survey will remain open through December 1, 2019.

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

Comments regarding the Draft Arts Framework may also be sent to the Executive Director of the IQC care of the VAPA mailbox. The deadline for public comment on the draft Arts Framework is January 1, 2020.

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, October 7, 2019
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