Curriculum and Instruction

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This Arts Education website 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:

  • 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.

  • NCCAS 2015-16 High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot


  • The Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts Survey Coming Soon!

    As the State develops a comprehensive approach to the revitalization of arts education in NY, we plan to share a DRAFT Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts with a broad cross-section of those who have a stake in education for their feedback. The Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts will serve as a planning and implementation guide to support the advancement and adoption of the revised New York State P-12 Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts Learning Standards. The adoption of new standards signifies New York State’s understanding that the Arts are essential for a well-rounded complete education and also contribute to raising overall student achievement.

    The mission of the Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts can be realized only if all Arts educators and other stakeholders are involved in supporting its implementation. Strengthening and enhancing the Statewide Arts Education learning community involves all community partners including, but not limited to students, parents, teachers, counselors, other supporting educators/mentors, auxiliary educators, administrators, college professors, teaching artists, members of professional associations and councils, cultural institutions and/or societies; business and industry professionals; and government officials whose purview is arts education. Each community member is invited and expected to participate in supporting the mission. Collaboration and participation of all community members, as their expertise shall warrant, will provide the most effective avenue to achieving the mission.

    Please look for the link to the draft plan and survey this fall here on the NYSED arts page, the NYSAAE homepage and various listservs. Your survey responses will be used to revise the draft plan and guide our steps in the revision of arts standards and guidance materials. We thank you for your participation and look forward to your comments.
    Thank you,
    The New York State Coalition of Arts Education Associations

    (New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE), New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA), New York State Media Arts Teachers Association (NYSMATA), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA), New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED))

Last Updated: September, 15th 2015