The revised arts standards were presented to the State Board of Education today at their monthly meeting. This begins the final chapter of what has been a more than five-year process to update the visual and performing arts standards. Department of Education staff further outlined the timeline and process for the adoption of all standards.
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NJ Arts Standards Adoption Process Begins
After a year of reviewing the standards formally known as Common Core, the New Jersey State Board of Education approved a revision to language arts literacy and math standards and a renaming of all content standards under the umbrella of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards bringing to a close a controversial and confusing six years. The benefit to the arts education community is significant. No longer will arts educators and supporters have to argue about which standards are required. Having both Common Core State Standards for two content areas and then the Core Curriculum Content Standards for seven other content areas led to widespread confusion and misunderstandings regarding which standards were required. All of the other standards remain the same… just with a new name! For the Visual and Performing Arts Standards, the current standards will remain in force until the current revision process is completed and adopted by the State Board of Education expected sometime in mid Recent Posts. Send Us a Message.
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Anchor Standard 1: Generating and conceptualizing ideas. Anchor Standard 2: Organizing and developing ideas. Anchor Standard 3: Refining and completing products. Anchor Standard 4: Selecting, analyzing and interpreting work. Anchor Standard 5: Developing and refining techniques and models or steps needed to create products. Anchor Standard 6: Conveying meaning through art.
They also capitalize on the unique ability of the arts to cultivate creative and critical thinking, social-emotional competencies, and intellectual and expressive abilities within students that enables them to become active, contributing members of a global society. A second writing team was convened in , in anticipation of the need for periodic review of the standards, as dictated by administrative code. In each case, concerted efforts were made to broadly represent New Jersey, in all its diversity. In addition, it includes a specialized approach to music instruction, providing standards for five subdisciplines of music: General Music grades K—8 , Guitar, Keyboard, and Harmonizing Instruments grades , Traditional and Emerging Ensembles grades 5—12 , Composition and Theory grades 9—12 and Music Technology grades 9— But perhaps the greatest change in thinking by top educators is not in what is being taught, but rather in how, and organizing the arts around the core elements of the artistic process, namely:. While the NJSLS-VPA acknowledge that each of the five artistic disciplines has independent skills, knowledge, and content, they also illuminate how the arts, as a field, are interdependent, connected, and inclusive. New Jersey is widely recognized as a national leader in arts education.