H758 ARTS EDUCATION COMMISSION (June 2011- May 1, 2012)

Appointed Members of the Arts Education Commission (House Bill 758)

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Final Report



Commission Findings and Recommendations (pp 5 - 6)

Based on information presented to the Arts Education Commission at their regularly scheduled meetings, the Commission makes the following findings and recommendations to the 2012 Regular Session of the 2011 General Assembly:

1. Importance of Arts Education. The Commission finds that arts education develops important 21st Century skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking and higher order problem solving. The Commission also finds that the integration of comprehensive arts education throughout the curriculum serves as a catalyst for effectively engaging and retaining students and for preparing students for the competitive global workforce. The Commission recognizes that the nationally recognized, research-based A+ Schools Program serves as a model for whole school reform with arts instruction central to students learning and integrated throughout the curriculum, and that A+ teachers should be used as resources and consultants within schools and across local school administrative units (LEAs).

2. Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force. The Commission finds that the Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force met in 2010, and submitted a detailed Comprehensive Arts Education Plan which established a vision for comprehensive arts education that includes arts as core education courses, art integration as a catalyst for learning across the curriculum, and exposure to arts education. The Commission commends the Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force for their thorough work and recommends legislation be enacted directing local school administrative units (LEAs) to implement the detailed recommendations of the Comprehensive Arts Education Plan to ensure comprehensive arts education in North Carolina schools. The Commission recommends that legislation be enacted directing the Department of Public Instruction to develop the resources as defined in the Comprehensive Arts Education Plan and report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee no later than June 1, 2013, LEAs to report on their progress to the Department of Public Instruction no later than June 1, 2014, and the Department of Public Instruction to deliver a detailed Statewide report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee no later than July 1, 2014. The Commission also recommends that legislation be enacted directing all LEAs to implement the strategies in the Comprehensive Arts Education Plan in 2014-2015 and report to the Department of Public Instruction by June 1, 2015. (See Legislative Proposal I) - (2011-LEz-160)

3. Arts Education Graduation Requirement. The Commission finds that there is support for an arts education graduation requirement for high school students and recommends that legislation be enacted to require arts as a high school graduation requirement beginning with the entering class of 2015. The Commission recommends that the legislation include designated additional categorical funding allotments for arts education positions at the high school level, establishment of procedures and a timeline for a phased-in implementation, and establishment of equitable staffing allocations to address small and low-wealth school systems. (See Legislative Proposal II) - (2011-LEz-161)

4. Professional Development and Education in Arts Integration. The Commission finds that the new Arts Education Essential Standards, which will be implemented by the 2012-2013 school year, include connections with multiple disciplines and 21st century themes and skills. The Commission finds that professional development opportunities related to the new standards provide a unique opportunity for teachers in all grades, including high school courses, to receive tailored training and education on ways to integrate arts in multiple disciplines. The Commission encourages the Department of Public Instruction and local school administrative units (LEAs) to provide easily accessible opportunities for professional development for teachers of all disciplines to implement and integrate these new standards. The Commission also encourages institutions of higher education to better equip new teachers to integrate arts in all disciplines to enhance students' creativity and critical thinking skills.

5. Locally Driven Comprehensive Arts Education. The Commission finds that many local school administrative units (LEAs) and public schools in North Carolina have demonstrated a commitment to comprehensive arts education, including (i) establishing local arts education graduation requirements, as in Pitt County Schools, (ii) providing access to a variety of arts course work and extracurricular activities in dance, theatre, music, and visual arts, as in Chapel Hill City Schools, Chatham County Schools, and Cumberland County Schools, and (iii) encouraging cooperative integration of arts in other courses, as in Person County Schools. The Commission commends these school systems and encourages continuation of these efforts as a model for all North Carolina schools. The Commission recommends that legislation be enacted requiring the State Board of Education to (i) direct all LEAs to explore ways to access and involve the unique resources available in each community to enhance art exposure, arts integration, and arts education to provide comprehensive arts education to all students, and (ii) seek public-private partnerships and to work with local arts and civic groups such as the Junior League to find volunteers to assist in developing and supporting comprehensive arts education. The Commission recommends that legislation be enacted directing LEAs to report on their efforts and outcomes to the State Board of Education by June 1, 2013, and for the State Board of Education to report on efforts and outcomes Statewide no later than September 1, 2013 to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. (See Legislative Proposal III) - (2011-LEz-159)

NCDPI Materials Presented to H758 Commission per legislative request



Date
Description
Materials
February 10, 2012
Joint DPI and DCR presentation outlining previous legsilative and S66 Task Force work and recommendations to the Commission

March 2, 2012
DPI presentation and materials on the current status of Arts Education requested by the Commission