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State Board of Education gives preliminary approval to Fine Arts TEKS

The Texas Education Agency posted communication regarding the preliminary approval of the Fine Arts TEKS:

“Revised curriculum standards for all fine arts instruction for kindergarten through 12th grade received preliminary approval from the State Board of Education today. The curriculum standards outline the topics to be covered in art, music, dance and theater classes.

The current standards, called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), have been in use in the state’s classrooms since 1998.  Final approval of the revised standards is expected to occur at the board’s April 19 meeting. The updated standards will be used in classrooms beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

The proposed revisions create standards for dance instruction in the middle schools. Currently, dance standards only exist at the high school level. The middle school TEKS, with these updates, will also now be based on a student’s proficiency level, rather than grade level. For example, if a student took private violin lessons throughout elementary school, this change would allow the child to be placed in a more advanced middle school orchestra class, rather than in a beginning class. The proposal also increases the number of fine arts classes available at the high school level.

The TEKS given preliminary approval will be posted on the Texas Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147499973 once they are updated to reflect amendments made by the board this week. The standards now on that web page reflect the draft proposed by TEKS review committees. That proposal was largely accepted by the board with only a few tweaks.”

Additional information regarding SBOE members and committees is available in the News Release located at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=2147511995.

ESC Region 13 Contact for Fine Arts – Janet Newton – janet.newton@esc13.txed.net

ESC Region 13 Contact for SBOE – Ed Vara – ed.vara@esc13.txed.net

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