ESSA Toolkit from National Association for Music Education

April 21, 2016

The National Association for Music Education posted an online toolkit showing how ESSA benefits music programs by classifying it as a “well-rounded” subject. Read more here.

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National Association for Music Education on Well-Rounded Education

May 1, 2016

National Association for Music Education says provisions within ESSA are going to strengthen music courses by including them in what it considers to be a “well rounded education.” Under the law, music programs can now receive more funding as they are now considered part of...

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Fordham Event Examines How ESSA Can Help Make Students Better Readers

May 13, 2016

During an event held by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, reading and policy experts came together to discuss how states can use their new flexibility under ESSA to begin to increase students’ reading achievement. The event highlighted the new Knowledge Matters campaign – an effort...

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MA Stakeholders Seek to Improve Under-performing Schools

July 26, 2016

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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Reps Bonamici and Stefanik Submit Comments on ESSA Around Art Programs

August 3, 2016

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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States Take Steps to Ensure a “Well Rounded Education”

August 12, 2016

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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Schools that Promote the Arts See Increase in School Attendance

September 9, 2016

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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Lydia Kontos Makes Call for Increased Art Courses in Schools

September 12, 2016

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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The Growing Trend of States Using Title 1 Funds for Arts Education

September 13, 2016

Education Week’s Jackie Zubrycki reports there is a “growing trend” of states using Title I funds to support arts education, and supporters of the arts are hopeful ESSA will “encourage more schools to use federal funds to support arts education programs.” Under the law, the...

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Report Guides Districts on “Mapping Opportunities for the Arts” under ESSA

October 4, 2016

The Education Commission of the States and the Arts Education Partnership released a new report that gives school districts guidance on “mapping opportunities for the arts” under ESSA. The report identifies ways for states to “achieve goals” within the arts, “share promising examples” of how...

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