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Jan 20
Let Your Voice Be Heard

On Monday, January 9th, 2017, the Santa Clara County Office of Education held the first focus group meeting on the Visual and Peforming Arts Framework Revision.  Our superintendent, Mr. Jon Gundry gave participants a warm welcome and stressed the importance of the arts.  The focus group members gave thoughtful responses that were insightful, passionate, and encouraging.  Focus members represented content areas in the performing arts from across the bay area. 

Part of the process is to get input from the public.  Below you will find the focus group discussion questions and instructions.  If you were unable to attend and want to share your opinions, you can.  All Californians can respond to these questions and let your voice be heard.  If you have a concern about adopting the National Core Arts Standards in California, let it be known.  If you are excited to see changes, let it be known!  This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard on the VAPA standards. 

Responses are due by February 2, 2017.  See the questions, details, and information below.  Send in your response today!


Focus Group Discussion Questions

2018 Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards

Discussion of the following questions will ensure that the revision of California's Visual and Performing Arts Standards for California Public Schools: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (VAPA Standards) includes the voice of arts educators in California.

1.    Identify some goals for arts education. At the end of their Pre-K–12 studies, students engaged in learning California's VAPA Standards should …

2.    The task at hand is to update California's VAPA Standards to reflect the content and structure of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS). What suggestions do you have for updating them based on the structure, the scope and sequence, and the disciplines covered in the NCAS?

3.    What content in each of the core artistic disciplines should be covered in Pre-K–12 VAPA education?

    • What knowledge and capabilities would define a college-ready student in each discipline?
    • What knowledge and capabilities would define a career-ready student in each discipline? 

4.    Finally, what other recommendations do you have to ensure that California's VAPA Standards will be a useful tool for California's educators?

The public at large, and members of the public who are participating at either the primary location or the videoconference meeting sites, will have an opportunity to provide public comment to the above questions. The public may also e-mail their comments on these questions or other issues related to the revision of California's VAPA Standards to by February 2, 2017, to be included in public comments that will be forwarded to the Instructional Quality Commission and State Board of Education.

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