ESSA Talking Points for Arts Education Advocates

The Ohio Department of Education and local school districts will be developing plans to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) over the next few months.

The League of American Orchestras believes that ESSA provides a new opportunity to expand student access to arts and music education programs, which were marginalized under the testing and high stakes requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and Race to the Top grant.

The League of American Orchestras has prepared Talking Points that identify certain provisions of ESSA that could be used to strengthen arts education programs.  Arts education advocates should urge state and local educators and policy makers to implement these recommendations in state and local ESSA plans. The Talking Points, included below, have been adapted for discussions with policy leaders here in Ohio.

 

ESSA Talking Points

1) Make explicit the opportunity for the arts to help achieve Title I objectives.

“The arts and music are included as part of a “Well-Rounded Education” in federal law. This designation – alongside reading, math, science, and other subjects – is confirmation that the arts are essential to a complete education and belong in the main instructional day.”

Research shows that programs in the arts are an effective way to improve student attendance, parent engagement, school climate, and improve student outcomes in achievement, communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.

2) Affirm that, “Federal education funding (such as Title I, teacher training, and school improvement) is directed to support all aspects of a well-rounded education, including all disciplines of the arts.”

3) Encourage policies in state and local plans that support professional development opportunities for arts educators and school leaders in Title II, and include arts education programs in the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program and STEM programs.

4) Recommend that the state report student access to, and participation in, the arts on the report cards for all students, and all schools and school districts.

5) Support early childhood education programs, and align Ohio’s Early Learning Standards with the federal standards.

“The arts are a key component to successful early childhood programs. Federal policy includes use of the Creative Arts Expression framework of evidence-based research as central to the implementation of early childhood education program. Similarly, ESSA implementation of Title IX should keep the arts in the definition of “Essential Domains of School Readiness” for pre-school grants.”

League of American Orchestras: Active Advocacy Issues

Performing Arts Alliance: Arts Advocacy Issue Center – Federal Funding for Arts Education

National Association for Music Education: Everything ESSA

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education: Every Student Succeeds Act A Summary of the Law as it Pertains to Arts Education

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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, The John F. Kennedy Center, 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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