COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 116

May 27, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Review of the K-12 Fine Arts Standards of Learning: Seeking Input from the School Community

 

The Board of Education at its May 25, 2005, meeting directed the Department of Education to proceed this spring with the review of the Fine Arts Standards of Learning, consistent with the schedule adopted by the board in September 2000. It is anticipated that the standards review will be completed before June 2006.

 

An important part of this review process for the Fine Arts Standards of Learning is the solicitation of comments from classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum supervisors, fine arts educators, and others who have worked with the current standards. Please inform personnel in your school division that forms for comments regarding the current standards are located on the Virginia Department of Education website at

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/SOLcommentforms/.

Comments will be received at this address from May 27, 2005, until June 27, 2005.

 

The Department of Education is also seeking nominations from division superintendents for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on committees to review the standards for dance arts, music, theatre arts, and visual arts during the summer of 2005. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or other educators who have knowledge of the content areas and experience with standards development.

 

Dance arts, music, and visual arts committee members will be asked to review information related to their content areas prior to convening for a two-day meeting on July 25-26, 2005, to review the Standards of Learning. Theatre arts committee members will be asked to review information related to their content area prior to convening for a four-day meeting on July 25-28, 2005, to review the Standards of Learning, and to draft proposed standards for Theatre III and Theatre IV levels of study. Committee members who are not under contract with a school division will receive a stipend. The Department of Education will cover expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the review process.

 

A nomination form is attached to be duplicated as needed for interested individuals. Please return nomination forms by June 10, 2005. Committee members will be notified on or before June 17, 2005. Committee members will be selected on the basis of grade-level expertise and experience in the fine arts and balanced regional representation.

 

If you have any questions about the Fine Arts Standards of Learning review, please contact Cheryle C. Gardner (Cherry.Gardner@doe.virginia.gov), principal specialist for fine arts, Office of Middle and High School Instruction at (804) 225-2881.

 

JLD/CCG/yba

 

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