Standards & Assessment


Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts

In May, 2015, the Arizona State Board of Education unanimously adopted a new set of Arts Standards for the state of Arizona. The 2015 Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts can be found in the table below. By September 1, 2015, both .pdf and Word versions of the standards will be available for your use.

Arizona’s 2015 K – 12 Academic Standards in the Arts
Introduction Introduction
Dance K – HS Standards K – 5 Standards
.pdf       .docx
6 – HS Standards
.pdf       .docx
Media Arts K – HS Standards K – 5 Standards
.pdf       .docx
6 – HS Standards
.pdf       .docx
Music:  General Music K – 8 Standards K – 3 Standards
.pdf       .docx
4 – 8 Standards
.pdf       .docx
Music:  Performing Ensembles Novice – HS Standards
.pdf       .docx
Music:  Harmonizing Instruments Novice – HS Standards
.pdf       .docx
Music:  Music Theory and Composition HS Standards
.pdf       .docx
Music:  Music Technology HS Standards
.pdf       .docx
Theatre K – HS Standards K – 5 Standards
.pdf       .docx
6 – HS Standards
.pdf       .docx
Visual Arts K – HS Standards
Grade by Grade Standards
K – 5 Standards
.pdf       .docx
6 – HS Standards
.pdf       .docx

 

What’s new?

  1. The standards have 4 categories – Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding and Connecting. Creating and Performing/Presenting/Producing are similar to the 2006 category of Create; Responding and Connecting are similar to the 2006 categories of Relate and Evaluate.
  2. The standards are organized grade by grade, with 3 levels for High School, instead of into skill levels. This allows for greater differentiation of instruction and for ease of measuring student progress over time. The standards specify what needs to be addressed within the school year or time frame of the class. The standards do not dictate the amount of instructional time to be devoted to each standard; rather it is left to the district committee or individual teacher to determine how best to interpret and teach all the standards.
  3. The three High School levels are roughly: one year of study (Proficient), 2-4 years of study (Accomplished) and honors or college-entry level of study (Advanced).
  4. Under the 4 big categories are 11 Anchor Standard Statements, representing the ultimate goals of student study in the arts through the completion of a sequential arts education program. These Anchor Standards are shared across all art forms.

11 Anchor ArtsStandard Statements


Arts Standards
(Approved 6.26.06)
Sections
Additional Standards Resources
National Core Arts Standards
Released in June, 2014, new, national, voluntary arts education standards have been created by teachers across the country.

Common Core and Arts Connections
The College Board has released a study on the connections between the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the new National Core Arts Standards. Visit the report to learn how the arts can support the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards while remaining true to our artistic processes!

AZ Assessments in the Arts