Superintendent’s Memo #208-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 9, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, 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 June 27, 2013.  The PDF and Word versions of the newly adopted fine arts standards are available on the Department of Education’s Web site at

Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, the Department of Education’s goal for the implementation schedule allows teachers to begin, in the fall of 2013, to focus instruction on the content in the newly revised Fine Arts Standards of Learning.

School divisions should begin to:

For further information, please contact Cheryle C. Gardner, principal specialist of fine arts, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2881.