Curriculum and Instruction

This Arts Education page provides materials and resources for developing quality PreK-12 dance, music, theatre, and visual arts education programs. It includes resources to inform users about the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and related curriculum guides, instructional requirements, and assessment tools.

On this page you will find links to:

  • the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts) ;
  • a Summary of the PreK-12 Arts Education State requirements;
  • Approval Information and Application for locally developed courses;
  • Statewide Arts Education Data summaries and multiyear charts;
  • Other resources that support increased student achievement of the learning standards; and
  • Periodic updates regarding Arts news, information, and funding opportunities from the State and national levels to promote arts education.

News and Upcoming Events

  • New York State Survey on Core Arts Standards

    NYSED, along with the five professional arts associations of New York State and the NYS Alliance for Arts Education have created a survey to reach out to NYS arts teachers and administrators for their input concerning potential adoption of the National Core Arts Standards, which were released in June. The survey will open September 15 and close on Monday, October 6. Participation in this survey will provide valuable feedback regarding P-12 Arts education in New York State. Access the survey at http://www.nysaae.org/ncas-survey/ external link icon.

  • The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

  • NYS Recipient announced for National GRAMMY Music Educator Award

    The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the inaugural GRAMMY Music Educator Award is Kent Knappenberger. Knappenberger teaches grades 6-12 at Westfield (New York) Academy and Central School. He was one of more than 30,000 music teachers from throughout the United States who had been nominated. He was chosen from a group of 10 finalists, all of whom are or have been members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

    Knappenberger has been a music teacher and choir director at Westfield Academy and Central School for 25 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master's degree in music education, harp performance and literature from Eastman School of Music.

    Read more about Kent and see a video of him here external link icon

    See Kent in action in this YouTube video external link icon

    Learn how to nominate someone for 2014 here external link icon
    The deadline is March 31

  • College Board Arts Awards: Grades 6 -12

    The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards will be given to model programs in three categories:

    1. Arts Integration: Recognizes initiatives that use an innovative approach to drawing connections between arts-based learning and other subjects.
    2. Equity Through Arts: Recognizes a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students.
    3. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizes a program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

    Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

    The application deadline is April 4, 2014. Further details on award categories, full application instructions, and profiles of past winners can be found at: https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/ external link icon

  • State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) joins national arts and education organizations calling on policy makers and the public to re-examine support for quality arts education

    The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, in partnership with 12 national arts and education organizations, has released Arts Education for America's Students, a Shared Endeavor external link icon, a statement outlining the importance of high quality arts education and those responsible for providing it to students. A Shared Endeavor articulates the purpose and value of arts education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserts its place as a core academic subject area, and details how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments.

  • 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application Announcement

    The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is pleased to invite applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

    The twelve award-winning programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website.

    After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award's Eligibility Criteria.

    The deadline for application submissions is Monday, February 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m. PST. Please use the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/ external link icon. If you have questions, please visit the website or contact the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards staff at (202) 682-5575.

  • Public Review of the Draft PK-12 Core Arts Standards with Model Cornerstone Assessments will begin Feb. 14 PDF icon (32KB)

    Please join the public review of drafts of the comprehensive PK-12 National Core Arts Standards for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts beginning Feb.14, 2014. Standards drafts will be ready for the public to read prior to the review (anticipated Jan 30th). Watch for details and information at http://nccas.wikispaces.com external link icon. You can save your survey and come back to it multiple times until ready to submit.

  • SAT Scores and studies in the Arts - 2013 Report PDF icon (250KB)

    This academic information 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.

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Last Updated: September 15, 2014