NY State Board of Regents Asked to Support Study of Assessments in the Arts

The New York State Department of Education has requested that the New York Board of Regents create an Arts Advisory Panel to conduct a study to evaluate arts assessments that signify college and career readiness and Regents recognition in each of the arts disciplines in grades preK-12.  The panel would be charged to evaluate art assessments based on the following:  the assessment is recognized by employers in an arts industry sector and postsecondary institutions in New York for admissions and/or credit; the assessment covers a broad range of learning in an arts discipline, and is comparable to the rigor of the Regents exams; and the assessment meets technical requirements and is properly validated.

The purpose of the study is to identify assessment instruments that New York might use in determining student achievement in arts education.  A  similar study about visual arts assessments was prepared for the Colorado Department of Education in 2012. Student achievement on the assessments could signify “strong arts programs” in a school district.  The assessments recommended by the Panel and subsequently by the Board of Regents, would be made available for teachers, administrators, parents, and boards of education.

The FYI Arts updates are written by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.  The purpose of FYI Arts is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.  The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association ( www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association ( www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association ( www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education ( www.oaae.net).


About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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