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New York Adopts Updated State Learning Standards for the Arts

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Sep 14, 2017

At their September meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved revised New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. The new arts standards were designed to help arts educators provide the high-quality curriculum, instruction, and assessment that students need to succeed in today’s schools and tomorrow’s careers.

These learning standards are the culmination of a seven-year process that involved input from arts educators across the state, including those who work with students with disabilities and English language learners. The standards writing committees integrated any necessary changes into the National Core Arts Standards while cross walking with the current NYS arts standards to ensure that the standards continue to be rigorous and challenge New York's students.

According to the January 2017 report, The Status of Arts Standards Revision in the United States since 2014, 18 states and the Department of Defense have adopted revised arts standards. Currently, 19 states are in the process of revising their state arts standards. Some states have adopted the voluntary national standards as their own. Other states, such as New York, reviewed or made changes to their standards employing the National Arts Standards as one of their revision sources.

The new NYS Arts Standards are based around 4 non-linear, recursive artistic processes: Creating, Performing/Producing/Presenting, Responding, and Connecting. These processes are common to all arts disciplines. These processes are articulated in eleven Anchor Standards that are also common across art forms.  Anchor Standards are overarching standards statements of what students should know and do in all of the arts as a result of their PreK-12 education.

The Arts Standards include two levels of standards: Anchor Standards and Performance Standards, which NYS calls Performance Indicators. Anchor Standards are overarching standards statements of what students should know and do in all of the arts as a result of their PreK-12 education. A performance indicator is a statement of what students should know and be able to do in a particular artistic discipline by the end of a specific grade or level. The performance indicators translate the anchor standards into specific, measurable learning goals. The arts standards are supported by a variety of discipline-based instructional resources, such as the Conceptual Framework, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, discipline specific glossaries, inclusion strategies and an Implementation Guide to support administrators, parents, teachers and guidance counselors unpack the standards. These can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arts/ and  http://www.nationalartsstandards.org.

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