Arts Education Tag

New Clarity on How Funds can be Spent on Federal Programs

Education Week covered the Dept. of Education’s release of guidance on Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants – which provides clarity around how funds can be spent on federal programs aimed at health, safety, the arts, and technology. The department’s overall message underscored that a...

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Recommendations to Ensure a Well-Rounded Education for All Students

Education Week examined new guidelines for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program under ESSA. The piece highlighted the Dept. of Education’s recommendations on how funds can be spent for a “well-rounded education.” Part of a student’s educational experience can comprise of music and...

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Lydia Kontos Makes Call for Increased Art Courses in Schools

In an opinion piece, Lydia Kontos, executive director for Kaufman Music Center, argued that under ESSA, schools are now “empowered” to support music programs. She called for schools to increase arts courses that in turn, can help students in other academic areas. With state control...

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Schools that Promote the Arts See Increase in School Attendance

Janice Gouldthorpe, executive director of New York’s Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, praised the implementation of arts education through ESSA. She argued schools that promote the arts see “students attend school more often, parents and families engage, dropout rates decrease, and grades increase.”...

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States Take Steps to Ensure a “Well Rounded Education”

Several states including New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida are “experimenting with new standardized tests in the arts.” ESSA includes arts as part of a “well rounded education.” The Director of Educational Policy for the Educational Theatre Association Jim Palmarini argues that “assessments in art subjects...

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Reps Bonamici and Stefanik Submit Comments on ESSA Around Art Programs

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) submitted comments on the Dept. of Education’s proposed ESSA accountability rules. The members wished to include art programs in the department’s recommendations and required clarification on some language in the proposal that may be interpreted by states to exclude these...

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MA Stakeholders Seek to Improve Under-performing Schools

Stakeholders in the Massachusetts education community shared a series of ideas Thursday that they hope the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will incorporate into a the state plan to measure the success of schools under ESSA. Several organizations, including MASSCreative, the Boston Student Advisory...

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