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).