ERIC Number: ED458160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Update, v8 n13 Aug 2000
A renewed emphasis on arts education has come after a period of neglect during the 1980s and early 1990s when the arts were often slighted as school budgets grew tight and as educational priorities shifted to the basic academic subjects. Recently, results of several research studies have confirmed the advantages of student participation in arts education, according to the Arts Education Partnership. Today, there are many local and even some state initiatives that are true exemplars of the best that arts education can offer. But with the continuing focus on standards in the core academic subjects, some see little room for the arts. This policy update explains several issues to consider when advocating arts education: impact of the standards and assessments movement on arts education; alignment of standards and credit hour requirements; teacher training; equity; and partnerships. The policy update singles out two states, Maryland and Ohio, which are working to involve arts education in their efforts to bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education. It comments on two other states, Kentucky and Florida, which have created collaborative programs to engage arts resources in youth development. (BT)
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Cooperation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Fine Arts, State Action, Student Development, Student Participation
National Association of State Boards of Education, 277 South Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-4000; Fax: 703-836-2313. For full text: http:// www.nasbe.org/Educational Issues/Briefs/Policy Updates/Curri culum/arts.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Kentucky; Maryland; Ohio