California Arts Education’s Framework and Standards

New Arts Education Framework Resources!

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present many challenges, one major setback was the suspension of a statewide roll-out of the new California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) that was adopted by the State Board of Education on July 8, 2020. The collaborative efforts of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Statewide Arts Initiative and CCSESA’s Curriculum and Instructional Steering Committee (CISC), The California Arts Project (TCAP), one of the California Subject Matter Projects, and The California Department of Education (CDE), led to an adaptation of their pre-pandemic rollout plans into a three-year Framework support design. The reconceptualized plan was put into action in August 2021 and in January 2022, the California Arts Education Framework Resources for Implementation online hub went live.

The California Arts Education Framework Resources for Implementation hub provides information about the upcoming virtual launch of the Arts Education Framework and will offer over the next three years expanding sets of resources for teachers, administrators, and communities.

Register now for the March 1, 2022 virtual launch of the new California Arts Education Framework to celebrate and learn more about this important guiding document for arts education in California.

CDE’s California Arts Education Framework Slide Decks

The PowerPoint slide decks are intended to be used to support the implementation of the 2020 Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) and are made available by the California Department of Education.

The content was selected and refined in collaboration with leaders from California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Statewide Arts Initiative and The California Arts Project (TCAP). Thank you to all CCSESA and TCAP leaders who contributed to this effort. A special thanks goes to Sarah Anderberg and Kris Alexander for their leadership and institutional support.

These slides can be customized for presentations. Users may wish to add graphics and additional slides for interactivity or perhaps break up the content into smaller chunks. The slides are mostly self-explanatory, but in some places the slide notes contain clarifying talking points, possible reflection questions, or notes that may be useful when facilitating a group. In their current state, the slides are accessible to screen readers and compliant with federal accessibility guidelines.

Letty Kraus
Interim Administrator, Curriculum Frameworks Unit
Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division
California Department of Education

You can also access the decks at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/cf/. Once on the page, scroll down to Arts Framework Resources.