Arts standards updated after two decades
On Board Online • September 18, 2017
The Board of Regents have approved the first comprehensive update of New York's arts learning standards in two decades.
This school year is designated as a transitional year for the new arts standards, and full implementation is anticipated in 2018-19.
The new standards will stress "conceptual understanding" in a wide range of creative domains, a departure from the previous emphasis on knowledge and skills, state education officials said in a presentation to the Regents.
Putting new standards in place was seen as a necessary step before leaders move forward with another initiative to create an arts "pathway" to a high school diploma, said Regent Roger Tilles, who chairs a committee leading that effort.
The state's arts plan calls for building a Statewide Arts Education Network that relies on collaborations and partnerships with cultural organizations, colleges and businesses to support educational initiatives.