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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
March 8, 2018

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

National Arts Education Data Project: California Re-Launch with New Data and Features

I am pleased to announce that the California Arts Education Data Project, which originally launched on October 20, 2016, now displays four years of data and new features. The California Department of Education (CDE) is partnering with CREATE CA, the National Arts Education Data Project, and Quadrant Research in this exciting visual representation of online arts education data.

The project analyzes and reports school-level data on arts education courses and middle and high school enrollment. The data for grades six through twelve, gathered from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), provides user-friendly access for state, county, district, and school levels. California is one of four participating states to launch this new tool with Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina following.

This tool supports the work of the Arts Education Task Force to realize the recommendations of the CDE’s Blueprint for Creative Schools (http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/bfcsreport.pdf) to ensure all students are able to reach their full potential by advancing a well-rounded education that promotes creativity and the arts.

This exciting opportunity has provided a baseline for districts to help them move toward providing equitable access to arts education for all students and move closer to reinstating comprehensive arts education. The national project has been in development over the past six years in partnership with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and Quadrant Research. Data is presented through an interactive visual mapping tool located on the CREATE CA California Arts Education Data Project Web page at http://www.createca.dreamhosters.com/artsed-dataproject/.

California data includes course enrollment by school, including district-funded teacher assignments and arts education courses. The initial launch included information for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 school years, and now includes 2015–16 and 2016–17. New data will be added annually.

California’s participation in the National Arts Education Data Project is intended to provide education stakeholders with a user-friendly, online tool. It is not a complete picture of arts education. Our hope is to assist education stakeholders and leadership teams in identifying gaps in grade six through twelve arts offerings and to support additional access to arts education for underserved populations.

For more information, we invite you to a webinar on March 19, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. To register for the webinar, please go to the following Web link at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6543676771182958339.

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Mitchell, Education Programs Consultant, Arts Education, by phone at 916-319-0504 or by e-mail at jmitchell@cde.ca.gov; or Mary Rice, Education Programs Consultant, Arts Education, by phone at 916-319-0270 or by e-mail at mrice@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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Last Reviewed: Monday, March 12, 2018

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