Oklahoma Academic Fine Arts Standards Review Process


Oklahoma Academic Standards for Fine Arts – Draft Available for Public Comment

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is seeking feedback on the revised Draft Oklahoma PreK-12 Fine Arts Standards, which are up for review and revision in 2019. The OSDE facilitates a revision of academic subject matter standards every six years in accordance with 70 O.S. § 11-103.6a.

"The subject matter standards shall be thoroughly reviewed by the State Board every six (6) years according to and in coordination with the existing subject area textbook adoption cycle. After review, the State Board shall adopt any revisions in such subject matter standards deemed necessary to achieve further improvements in the quality of education for the students of this state." - 70 O.S. § 11-103.6a

Academic subject matter standards are concise, written descriptions of what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific stage of their education. Academic standards describe educational objectives (i.e., what students should have learned by the end of a course, grade level or grade span), but they do not describe a particular teaching practice, curriculum or assessment method.

The Oklahoma Academic Standards for music and visual art were last reviewed and revised in 2013-2014. Oklahoma Academic Standards for dance and drama/theatre have been created for the first time in Oklahoma. OSDE asks that all interested stakeholders provide feedback on the standards by following the process below:

  1. Gather a team of stakeholders and set aside approximately one hour to complete a review for each subject and grade band you choose.
  2. Download the Draft Fine Arts Standards for PreK-12
  3. Submit feedback by November 30, 2019, to publiccommentfinearts@sde.ok.gov 

All feedback received during the Public Comment period will be reviewed by the OSDE and the Fine Arts Writing Committees for consideration in the revision process.

For more information about the standards review process, contact the OSDE Director of Fine Arts Dr. Elizabeth Maughan

 

Vision and Guiding Principles

The Oklahoma Standards for dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art are designed to support all Oklahoma students to develop and achieve artistic literacy and to promote access and equity in the arts. Dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art are used by and have shaped every culture and individual on earth. A well-rounded education is education which addresses the development of all the realms of human behavior--the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual. Neglecting any of the areas weakens all the rest. Therefore, Oklahoma students must have access to arts education which includes dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art. In order to accomplish this task, the individuals involved in the creation and revision of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art are asked to create standards that: 

  • Are clear, concise, objective, measurable and grade-level appropriate;

  • Ensure students are college, career, and citizen ready;

  • Do not require a specific teaching methodology or curriculum;

  • Develop subject-specific practices that deepen understanding of concepts;

  • Exhibit strong progression in learning across grade levels, PK-12.

Executive Committee

An Executive committee was established to direct and assist in the creation and revision of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art. Executive committee members also serve as members of the writing committee. OSDE extends a special thanks to the following executive committee members who are giving their time, service and expertise to the revision process:

  • Jennifer Allen-Barron - Oklahoma Arts Council

  • Chris Barber - Owasso Public Schools

  • Bob Beatley - Mooreland Public Schools

  • Dr. Brad Benson - Norman Public Schools

  • Levi Dobrinski - Putnam City Public Schools

  • Greg Eskridge - Oklahoma City Public Schools

  • Dr. Tracey Gregg-Boothby - Rose State University

  • Susan Gabbard - retired, Oklahoma City Public Schools

  • Tonya Kilburn - Prairie Dance Theatre 

  • Dr. Michael Raiber - Mustang Public Schools

  • Lindsey Schroder - Chisholm Public Schools

  • Brandy Sitts - Putnam City Public Schools

  • Rhonda Taylor - Oklahoma City Public Schools

  • Ranell Zurmehly - Mid-Del Public Schools

Writing Committee

Through an appointment and application process, the writing committees were selected to create and revise the Oklahoma Academic Standards for dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art. The committees met numerous times and were comprised of 33 representatives from PK-12 education, higher education, and community members from across the state.

Draft Committee

Through an application process, the draft committees were selected to review draft standards developed by the writing committees and provide feedback. The committees were comprised of 29 representatives from PK-12 education, higher education, and community members from across the state.

View the full list of Committee members.

Standards Revision Timeline

  • Fall, 2018: Selection of members for dance and drama/theatre writing committees

  • January, 2018: Dance and drama/theatre committee meeting

    • July, 2018: Dance and drama/theatre committee meeting 

  • October, 2018: Music and visual art committee applications open

  • November, 2018: Dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art committee meetings

    • January, 2019: Writing committee meetings

    • April, 2019: Writing committee meetings 

  • May, 2019: Draft review committee applications open 

  • June-August, 2019: Draft committees meet virtually to review and provide feedback on the standards

  • August, 2019: Writing committees meet virtually to address draft committees final feedback

  • September 9, 2019: Executive committee meets for final revision

  • September-October 2019: Focus groups to be held

  • October - November, 2019: Public comment period

  • November 2019: Writing committee meets virtually to address public comment feedback

  • December 2019: Oklahoma Academic Standards for dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Education for consideration

  • February 2020: Pending State Board approval, Oklahoma Academic Standards for  dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art submitted to the Oklahoma State Legislature for consideration

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How are public comments utilized in the standards development process?

Public comments inform the writing committee in the areas of clarity, grade-level appropriateness and general opportunities to improve the standards. While every review is considered, common themes often arise and are given particularly careful consideration.

2. When will these standards be officially adopted?

The standards will be presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Education for consideration at the December 2019 Board meeting. Pending approval, they will then be submitted to the Oklahoma Legislature for consideration of approval.

3. When will these standards be implemented in Oklahoma schools?

Upon approval of standards from the Oklahoma Legislature during the 2020 Legislative Session, Oklahoma schools should begin implementation during the 2020-2021 school year. Many support structures and professional development opportunities will be provided beginning in the same school year to support full implementation by the 2021-2022 school year.

4. Will Curriculum Frameworks be created?

Upon approval of standards from the Oklahoma Legislature during the 2020 Legislative Session, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will begin the process of working with Oklahoma educators to create Oklahoma Curriculum Frameworks in dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art to support educators with the implementation of the new standards. 

5. When will school districts be able to purchase new textbooks for fine arts?

The Oklahoma State Textbook Committee reviewed dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art  instructional materials in July 2019. In November 2019, the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee will vote on an approved list of textbooks/instructional materials in accordance with the laws and legislation outlined in http://oktextbooks.ok.gov/textbook_pdf/LawandLegis.pdf. School districts will have an opportunity to review instructional materials from the approved list from December 2019 to June 2020. School districts may use textbook funds to purchase new textbooks/instructional materials for dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art beginning July 1, 2020.

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Last updated on October 24, 2019