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					      Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction – Arts Education Law and Policy
    Updates June, 2009- Prepared by AnnRené Joseph, Arts Program Supervisor, OSPI

   RCW 28A.150.210 (1993) -Arts are Basic Education: The arts – including dance, music,
    theatre, and visual arts – are defined as core content areas in Washington State's definition of
    basic education.

   NCLB/ESEA (2002)—Arts are core academic subject areas in the federal law. Washington
    State defines the arts as dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

   WAC 180-51-061 (2004)-Washington State now requires one credit in the arts of interest for all
    students as a part of their graduation requirements, and will require two credits beginning with the
    freshman class of 2013- [ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2261, May 19, 2009-Basic
    Education in WA State- Contingent upon full funding.]
   Arts High School Graduation Requirements-Arts Courses-Questions and Answer from the State
    Board of Education and OSPI Arts Program
   http://www.sbe.wa.gov/artsrequirement.html
   Core 24- beginning in 2013 which includes two credits for the arts:
    http://www.sbe.wa.gov/documents/Core24Final12-19-08_001.pdf
   http://www.sbe.wa.gov/documents/Core24Final12-19-08_001.pdf - Chart showing two credits in
    the arts!

   RCW 28A-230-095- School districts will assess and report progress in the arts to the state
    beginning with the 2008-2009 school year using state developed Arts Classroom-Based
    Performance Assessments (CBPAs) and/or other strategies that meet recommendations by the
    OSPI. Memorandum Update 5-28-09:

   M034-09            Update on Assessment and                        5/28/09         Teaching
                        Reporting Requirements for                                        and Learning
                        Social Studies, The Arts, and
                        Health and Fitness



   WSSDA Policy 2413 Document for Equivalency Credit for Career and Technical Education
    Courses (PDF) CTE Toolkit version 2.0.

   Arts Endorsement Competencies - http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/profed/competency.aspx

   Teachers teaching the arts must be highly qualified and certified, as the arts a core, academic,
    essential and basic subject area. Washington State Endorses teachers in six arts areas.
   Designated Arts:

       Dance
       Music: Choral
       Music: General
       Music: Instrumental
       Theatre Arts
       Visual Arts
       The General Elementary Education Endorsement Elementary Education is found at:
        http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/profed/2007Standards/ElementaryK8.pdf

        o   Arts New and Revised Classroom-Based Performance Assessments-Debut-2009
            January Conference!
        o   View developing Arts GLEs at: Arts Grade Level Expectations (GLE) Documents




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For additional information about the Arts and the Arts assessments, please contact: AnnRené
Joseph, OSPI Arts Program Supervisor: annrene.joseph@k12.wa.us

        Arts Teaching and Learning Website
        Arts Assessment Website




    Superintendent Randy I. Dorn - Proclamation for Arts Education Month, May

        Superintendent Dorn's Proclamation for Arts Education Month (Word)

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                 Statement of Support for Arts Education by Superintendent Randy Dorn

As we continue to lift the academic bar and challenge the education system, we recognize that students
engage in their learning in different ways. One of the most important is through the arts.

The arts – dance, music, theatre and visual arts – are basic and core subject areas, and are essential to
the well-rounded education of the whole child. The OSPI Arts mission states, “The Arts – communicating
and integrating life, literacy and learning through experience for all learners.”

We know that arts education allows students to learn and practice skills and behaviors that foster “out of
the box” thinking and creative problem solving. Those skills will be crucial to innovation in the 21st
century.

If we are dedicated to preparing all students, we must be sure that all schools have access to a well-
rounded arts program. We want every student engaged, not just most. As superintendent of public
instruction, I urge all school districts to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality
opportunities in arts education.

                                                                                                              Randy I. Dorn
                                                                                    State Superintendent of Public Instruction
                                                                                                                 March 2009




AnnRené Joseph, Program Supervisor, The Arts, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Teaching, Learning, & Assessment- (dance, music, theatre, visual arts)
Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200 or 600 Washington Street, SE, Olympia, WA 98501
annrene.joseph@k12.wa.us Office: 360-725-6365 Fax: 360-725-6017 TDD: 360-664-3631
www.k12.wa.us; www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/Arts; www.k12.wa.us/assessment/WASL/Arts
http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/CBAOverview.aspx
 ArtsTime website: http://www.artstime.org- Save the date for ArtsTime 2010-Tentative dates for Oct. 8-9, 2010
OSPI Arts Mission - "The Arts- Communicating and integrating life, literacy, and learning through experience for all learners."
"We are in the business of enhancing lives." Harry Wong    "Your life is an artwork in progress." AnnRene' Joseph




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                       Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction –
                     Proclamation for May 2009 as Arts Education Month


WHEREAS, The arts – including dance, music, theatre, and visual arts – are defined as core
content areas in Washington State's definition of basic education;
WHEREAS, Washington State now requires one credit in the arts of interest for all students as a
part of their graduation requirements, and will require two credits beginning with the freshman
class of 2013;
WHEREAS, Washington State has created arts performance standards and performance
assessments to ensure that all students have quality instructional opportunities in the arts of their
choice and interest;
WHEREAS, Learning done through the arts gives students crucial critical thinking and
problem-solving skills, imagination and creativity;
WHEREAS, Imagination and creativity are understood as necessary for success in life in the
21st century;
WHEREAS, The arts can bring every academic subject to life and can enhance student
engagement and extend student learning in all subjects; and
WHEREAS, The arts can transform our schools into havens of creativity and exploration places
where students want to learn, teachers want to teach, and all members of the learning community
are more engaged and motivated;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction reaffirms the importance of the arts as an essential part of a complete and basic
education for all students; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That May 2009 is recognized by the Superintendent of Public
Instruction as Arts Education Month in Washington State, and all communities are encouraged to
celebrate the arts with meaningful activities and programs that demonstrate learning and
understanding in the arts, and that all citizens are urged to become interested in and give full
support to quality school arts programs.


I, Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction,

do hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction Proclamation for May as Arts Education Month 2009, adopted by OSPI, May 4,
2009.




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