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The updated standards cover the artistic disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visuals arts. Glossaries are included for each. You can view and/or download the standards by discipline.
Thank you for supporting the standards!
During the 45-day public comment period, over 900 Illinoisans expressed support for the recommended standards – equivalent to one comment of support every hour.
In calling for approval of the recommendations, the State Superintendent noted that “commenters praised the broad-based process for developing the standards that involved Illinois educators.” The State Board unanimously approved the recommended standards on June 16, 2016.
The initiative’s partner organizations look forward to working with stakeholders across the state to implement these standards, which will go into effect starting with the 2018-19 school year.
Sign-up for Arts Alliance Illinois’ arts education listserv to stay up-to-date with implementation and other arts education activities.
The Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative is proof itself that arts education fosters collaboration.
Through the initiative, a diverse range of stakeholders – teachers, administrators, teaching artists, arts organizations, government, private foundations, advocates, and others – collaborated over a 18-month-long process to produce updated arts learning standards that reflect best practices. Work group and committee members met 34 times and volunteered over 1,400 combined hours.
The Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative is made possible by the generous support of The Chicago Community Trust, The Crown Family, The Field Foundation of Illinois, Illinois State Board of Education, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, and Terra Foundation for American Art.
The Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative is coordinated by Arts Alliance Illinois in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education.
For more information, contact Jonathan VanderBrug, Policy & Research Director,
Arts Alliance Illinois.