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College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

Applications are open for the 2013 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This program, now in its third year, will award five $3500 grants and one $5000 grant to programs that feature innovative approaches and exceptional practice in arts education for students in grades 6-12. These grants present a great opportunity for schools to sustain exemplary arts programs in the face of decreasing budgets, and to expand successful efforts into new areas. Full details, application instructions, and profiles of past winners can be found at https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/ external link icon. All applications must be submitted online by April 5, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT.

Application Period Open for 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Submitted by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, invites applications for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The 12 award-winning programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the PCAH Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, February 4, 2013, 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/ external link icon.

First Freedom Student Video or Essay Competition

The First Freedom Center’s 20th annual First Freedom Student Competition is a national essay and video contest offering 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today.  Students then present their evaluation in written essay or video format.

For this year’s topic and complete details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and click on the red First Freedom Student Competition button (center column).   

Students must register online by Monday, November 12, 2012.

Federal Grant to Bolster Kennedy Center Work in Arts Education

Efforts by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to expand arts education activities—including the integration of the arts across the curriculum—are getting a boost with a new federal grant funded under the Arts in Education National Program, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It will serve pre-K-12 children and youth, with a special emphasis on children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Activities funded by the grant include: professional development for arts educators; development and dissemination of instructional materials; arts-based educational programming; and community and national outreach activities to expand partnerships among schools, school districts, and communities throughout the country. For program description and types of projects funded see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/artsnational/index.html.

SAT Scores and Studies in the Arts - 2012 Report

The academic information above includes National and New York State SAT Reasoning Test™ mean scores with breakdown by years of Arts study and course work. This information shows a general pattern that correlates more years of study in the arts with higher SAT scores.

U.S. Secretary of Education Affirms Value of Arts Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a letter to school officials and community leaders across the nation reminding them of the important role of arts education in a student's life. This letter offers strong encouragement to education decision makers to find time and funds in the school day to offer a comprehensive, sequential and standards-based arts education.
The 2008 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Art results played an essential part in reminding Duncan of the role that arts education plays in a well rounded education. http://www.aep-arts.org/NAEP.html external link Duncan reminded school and education leaders that under the ESEA, states and local school districts have the flexibility to support the arts through Federal Title I and II programs and U.S. Department of Education programs, including professional development of arts teachers as well as for strategic partnerships with cultural, arts and other nonprofit organizations. In addition, Duncan stated that local school districts can use funds under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the arts along with other district expenses.
Duncan also outlined the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) next steps for supporting the arts as part of a well-rounded curriculum. These efforts include the undertaking of a survey in the coming year to assess the condition of arts education in grades K-12 and identify where there are gaps to be filled. To read Arne Duncan’s letter go to http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/090826.html external link

A Report on Prek-12 Music Education

The New York State School Music Association's Classroom Music Committee has produced A Report on PreK-12 Music Education in New York State with a Special Focus on the Middle Level. The report provides an overview of the status of classroom music education with specific information on middle level music programs, NYSSMA benefits/services, and the effect the learning standards have had on music education programs in the State. The report can be accessed at http://www.nyssma.org/committees.cfm?subpage=111 external link icon.

SAT Scores and Studies in the Arts, 2008 Report

The academic information below includes National and New York State SAT Reasoning Test™ mean scores with breakdown by years of Arts study and course work. This information shows a general pattern that correlates more years of study in the arts with higher SAT scores.

Findings Reported from Dana Arts and Cognition Consortium

A three-year study to discover whether early training in the performing arts has a visible impact on cognition through detectable changes in brain processes has reported its results. The group of nine investigators have published findings that will allow further research and discussion of the preliminary, but promising impact of the arts on the brain. To read about their research, go to http://dana.org/news/publications/detail.aspx?id=11528 external link icon

Lesson Bytes

The New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA's) Curriculum Committee has developed an online resource called Lesson Bytes. As part of NYSSMA's website, it contains instructional materials related to the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and expands on the publication, Music: A Resource Guide for Standards-Based Instruction. A more detailed description is available at http://www.nyssma.org/curriculum_welcome.cfm external icon link. The Lesson Bytes can be accessed at http://www.nyssma.org/curriculum.cfm external icon link.

Middle Level Indicators of Achievement Checklists for the Non-Tested Content Areas

The Middle Level Indicators of Achievement Checklists for the Non-Tested Content Areas are now available. You may access an introductory memorandum and the checklists in HTML format at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/rss/mle/clmemo.htm. The checklists are also available in Word and PDF format at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/rss/mle/mlehome.html.

In February 2005, the Board of Regents approved a three-model (Models A, B and C) strategy to implement the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education.  To support school districts and their schools with middle grades, regardless of which model they implement, the Department developed the Middle Level Indicators of Achievement Checklists. Local school administrators and instructional staff can use the checklists to determine strengths and opportunities for improvement in the content areas of Family and Consumer Sciences-Home and Career Skills, Health Education, Library Media, Music Education, Physical Education, Technology Education and Visual Arts Education, and to facilitate student achievement of the New York State Learning Standards. 

Technical Changes to CR 100.5(d)(2) Approved

At its November 13-14, 2003 meeting the Board of Regents approved technical changes to section 100.5(d)(2)(i) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The action clarifies requirements in the visual arts and/or music, dance or theatre to provide students who enter grade 9 after 2001 with course options, such as participating in a school’s major performing group or in an advanced out-of–school activity. These alternatives have been used by previous students and are now available to current and future students for satisfying the one unit of credit high school diploma requirement in the Arts (visual arts, music, dance and theatre).
View the revised regulatory language and related policy statements

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Last Updated: June 14, 2013