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States Introduce Arts Education as Measure of Accountability

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Mar 21, 2017

Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have had the opportunity to rethink the criteria they use for evaluating school quality. Increasingly, states are starting to look at the arts and arts education as important elements of their accountability system. New Jersey was the first state to include the arts in its accountability structure, and Connecticut has also followed suit.

According to Education Week, In Colorado, the idea has been proposed in the state's legislature via a bill called "Rewarding Access to Arts Education in Public Schools" that recently passed in a Senate committee. In Arizona, the state's board is considering including arts in a new grading system for schools. Delaware, Michigan, and Massachusetts have included arts in drafts of their state plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

These are vital steps given that state accountability measures are drivers for school curriculum. The more state regulators evaluate the quality of schools based on arts access, the more schools will prioritize a quality arts education.

Read more about the accountability measures here

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