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California Exemplary Arts Education Award

Recognizes some of California’s exemplary schools for excellence in Arts Education. Schools selected for the Exemplary Arts Education Award demonstrate broad-based achievement in Arts instruction and for advancing the Arts for all students.

Program Information

A component of the California School Recognition Program (CSRP), the California Exemplary Arts Education (EAE) Award was part of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program. In 2013, the California Department of Education (CDE) modified the California DS Program to award special recognition to EAE Programs. Eligible schools were able to apply to be recognized as a California EAE Awardee if they met the eligibility criteria to apply to be recognized as a California DS Awardee. Begining in 2020, the California EAE Award will have its own eligibility criteria and application process.

Staying consistent with the California DS Program, the California EAE Award recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California EAE Award once every two years. Schools recognized as a California EAE School Awardee hold the Title for two years.

Schools recognized as a California EAE Awardee represent a broad cross-section of educational delivery models from traditional comprehensive elementary and high schools to Magnet schools to district and independent charters. These schools serve diverse demographic populations of varying sizes, the largest being a 3700-student urban population down to a 250-student rural population. Some schools serve primarily Title I students from lower socio-economic circumstances and others serve suburban populations with strong district and community financial support.

Eligibility Criteria

In 2020 California will recognize exemplary arts education programs and practices in public elementary schools. Eligibility criteria is based on instruction identified in the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards) and performance and progress on specific indicators on the California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard). Information regarding the Dashboard is provided on the CDE California School Dashboard and System of Support web page.

In addition to meeting the Arts Standards and performance and progress eligibility criteria, to apply to be recognized as a California EAE Awardee, schools must offer instruction to all students in a minimum of three of the five arts disciplines identified in the Arts Standards:

  1. Dance
  2. Media Arts
  3. Music
  4. Theatre
  5. Visual Arts

AND show one level of improvement for at least one identified subgroup, in one of the following three, based on the Dashboard:

  1. School Climate: In the area of Suspension Rate.
  2. Student Engagement: In the area of Chronic Absenteeism or Graduation Rate.
  3. Academic Achievement: In the area of English Language Arts, Mathematics, or College and Career Readiness.

Application

On September, 2019, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond provided County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Elementary School Principals in his 2020 California Exemplary Arts Education Award letter, information about the 2020 California EAE Award. Eligible schools that would like to be recognized as an EAE Awardee for 2020 must submit a completed Exemplary Arts Education Program Application (DOCX) by Tuesday, October 1, 2019, to the California Exemplary Arts Award Team by email at ExemplaryArtsAwards@cde.ca.gov. Additional information can be found in the Application Instructions (DOCX) and the Application Rubric.

Selected applicants are scheduled to receive a site visit by a team of professionals between October 14 through 29, 2019.

From the site visits, a list of selected applicants is forward to the SSPI or their designee for final approval. From this process, schools are selected as California EAE Awardees and notification of their California EAE Awardee title is made. All decisions are final.

Timeline of Activities

Date Activity
September 2019
California Exemplary Arts Education Award Announcement and Application Release Date.
October 1, 2019
California Exemplary Arts Education Award email Application Due Date.
October 14-29, 2019
California Exemplary Arts Education Award Site visits.
November 2019
California Exemplary Arts Education Awardees for 2020 Announcement.
To Be Announced
CSRP Awards Ceremony.

Sponsors

We are thankful for our California School Recognition Program Sponsors who help to make the California Exemplary Arts Education Program a success! The CSRP would not be successful without the generous support they provide. We appreciate their willingness to support our efforts to recognize California's exemplary students, teachers, classified employees, schools, and districts for achievement and for advancing excellence in education.

A sponsorship in the CSRP is a commitment to an ongoing partnership with public education by helping ensure that the dream of a world-class public education lives on in California.

Resources

California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve
Information and resources related to the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards).

California Exemplary Arts Education Program Logo
California Exemplary Arts Education Program downloadable logo.

California Exemplary Arts Education Awardees
California Exemplary Arts Education Awardees by year.

California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremonies
Information about the California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremonies.

California School Recognition Program County Coordinators
Contact information for California School Recognition Program county office of education coordinators.

California School Recognition Program Merchandise
Information about California School Recognition Program merchandise.

Questions:   California Exemplary Arts Awards Team | ExemplaryArtsAwards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0504
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 13, 2019