COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 121

June 2, 2006

 

INFORMATIONAL

 

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Update on Revised Fine Arts Standards of Learning

 

The Virginia Board of Education adopted revised Fine Arts Standards of Learning on April 26, 2006. The .pdf and Word versions of this document and crosswalk charts comparing the content of the May 2000 Standards of Learning and the newly adopted fine arts standards are available on the Department of Educations website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Art/.

 

The Department of Educations goal for the implementation schedule will be to allow teachers at all levels, beginning in the fall of 2006, to focus instruction on the content in the newly revised Fine Arts Standards of Learning. Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, school divisions should begin to:

        review and align their fine arts curricula with the revised standards;

        review current resource materials and correlate them with the revised standards;

        identify new materials where needed; and

        provide staff development for teachers as appropriate.

 

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

 

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