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ERIC Number: ED341599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Art K-12 Program/Evaluation Report 1990-91. Report Number 90-232.
Kester, Henry E.
Summarizing an evaluation of the kindergarten through grade 12 art program of the Des Moines (Iowa) Independent Community School District (DMICSD), this volume looks at the art program's purpose, context evaluation, input evaluation, process evaluation, product evaluation, and future plans. Art is included without option in the DMICSD elementary school curriculum and is taught to all children from kindergarten through grade 5. Art is a required course in grades 6 and 7 and is offered as an elective course in grades 8 through 12. The art program is activity centered and directed according to specific learning outcomes outlined in the "K-12 Curriculum Guide" (K-12 ACG). The current art program is staffed by 55 certified art teachers, 1 art supervisor, and 1 secretary. The art supervisor's role is defined. The art program's needs consider six areas: the perceived devaluing of art education; the lack of sufficient staff numbers to meet student needs; a lack of instructional resources; the need for staff development opportunities for improved instruction; inequitable facilities for all students; and disparities in funding for materials and supplies. Recent accomplishments and improvements include staffing of all elementary school buildings, developing the slide library, and revising and distributing the K-12 ACG. The recommendations proposed are: a longer day or alternative scheduling; a fine arts requirement; additional staff and resources; staff development including staff meetings; improved facilities; and equitable funding. Lists of sample art objectives, secondary school equipment needs, staff-to-student ratios, elementary school equipment ordered in 1989-90 and the North Central Association evaluation of the East High School are provided in the appendices. (RLC)
Department of Information Management, Des Moines Public Schools, 1880 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309-3399.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Instructional Support Services.