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Published: Published: January 16th, 2020

Announcing the LEAs Administering 2019-2020 Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency

22 LEAs representing 84 schools from across the state are administering the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency during the 2019-2020 school year, the first academic year of the program. The seal will be awarded to graduates who meet the minimum arts education requirements outlined by the State Board of Education in R7-2-321.

Stakeholders from across the state of Arizona convened during the summer of 2019 to outline the objectives and the pathway requirements to achieve the State Seal of Arts Proficiency. Stakeholders identified that the purpose of the seal is:

  • To celebrate students who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in the Arizona Arts Education Standards through personal expression and creative experiences in arts education programs
  • To identify pathways of artistic literacy that cultivate skills for 21st century success
  • To prepare students for college and career readiness, including active participation in the creative industries sector
  • To promote increased access to well-rounded, high quality arts education across the state

Below is a list of the schools administering the program and the staff member designated by the LEA to coordinate the seal. The Office of Arts Education would like to congratulate these schools on their commitment to providing high quality arts learning to their students. If you would like more information about requirements to achieve the State Seal of Arts Proficiency this year at a specific school site please reach out to the assigned staff member below.

Agua Fria Union High School District Ryan Williams
American Leadership Academy Dannis Zazueta
Arizona School for the Arts Laura Apperson
BASIS Charter Schools- Tucson North Mike Scionti
Dysart Unified School District Danae Marinelli
Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics Holly Foged
Glendale Union High School District Danny Cox
Herberger Young Scholars Academy
Sabrina Switzer-Wareing
Higley Unified School District Nicole Johnson
Maricopa Unified School District Ivan Pour
Pan American Charter Linda Brett
Paradise Schools Karen Creel
Paradise Valley Unified School District Joel Taylor
Peoria Unified School District Robert Panzer
Phoenix Union High School District Rebecca Vogel
Queen Creek Unified School District Nancy Scott
Sahuarita Unified School District Amber Woods
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District Quinn O’Donnell
Scottsdale Unified School District Michelle Irvin
Tempe Union High School District Elizabeth Stone
Tolleson Union High School District Michele Wilson
Tucson Unified School District Joan Ashcraft

For more information about this state arts proficiency seal program please visit the State Seal of Arts Proficiency website: http://www.azed.gov/artseducation/arizona-state-seal-of-arts-proficiency/, email the Office of Arts Education at [email protected], or call 602.542.5179.

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Published: Published: October 28th, 2019

Applications Open for the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency

At the State Board of Education meeting on Monday October 28th 2019, rulemaking closed on the State Seal of Arts Proficiency R7-2-321SB1111 was signed into law May 14, 2019 and has been officially adopted by the State Board of Education to award high school graduates who meet minimum pathway requirements with a diploma seal of arts proficiency.

In tandem with announcing the adoption by the State Board of Education, The Department of Education’s Office of Arts Education is launching a website to the support the State’s Administration of the State Seal of Arts Proficiency.

http://www.azed.gov/artseducation/arizona-state-seal-of-arts-proficiency/

The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency website includes guidance and resources for LEAs to explore the seal’s background, objectives, pathway requirements, and examples of procedures to administer the seal at the local level. LEAs who wish to administer the State Seal of Arts Proficiency in the 19-20 school year must apply by 5pm MST on Friday November 22nd. LEAs will be notified of their status by 5pm MST Friday December 20th. LEAs who are approved to administer the seal will submit an LEA Seal Achievement Report by April 15th 2020, and will receive diploma seals for qualifying graduates no later than May 1st 2020.

An exciting aspect of the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency implementation is the “Call for Student Designers”! The website includes a link where interested student artists can upload an original design. Arts Education Stakeholders will determine which design will become the official seal that will be affixed to qualifying student diplomas.

If you have any questions about how your LEA may participate in administering the State Seal of Arts Proficiency, please email [email protected].

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Published: Published: September 10th, 2019

Call for Student Designers: State Seal of Arts Proficiency

Today, in celebration of National Arts in Education Week, ADE’s Office of Arts Education is opening a call for student designers to design the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency! Feature your artwork on the diplomas of arts students across the state.

History:

On May 14th, 2019 Governor Doug Ducey signed SB1111 State Seal of Arts Proficiency into law. On August 26th, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to open rulemaking on this law. Currently, the State Seal of Arts Proficiency has entered into a 60 day public comment process. If the measure becomes official board rule after this 60 day period, it will recognize graduating seniors who meet the minimum requirements as soon as THIS YEAR 2020!

Call for Designers:

The Arizona Department of Education Office of Arts Education will be featuring an original student design on the State Seal of Arts Proficiency which would be affixed to the diploma of graduates who meet the minimum requirements.

Each school may submit the online application for up to 2 students per grade level 9-12. Each student entry will require a separate application. Designs must be created and uploaded using the Arts Proficiency Seal Design Form.

Who is eligible to participate?

Arizona district or charter high school students in grades 9-12

Timeline:

  •  Applications due Friday December 20th by 5pm MST
  • Winning design will be unveiled in March during Youth Arts Month and the designer will be recognized at a reception at the Arizona Department of Education.

To Apply:

Each school may submit the online application and upload the Arts Proficiency Seal Design Form for up to 2 students per grade level 9-12.

Tips:

  • Keep it simple! Lots of detail will NOT show up on the seal. Utilize positive and negative space, line drawings, and/or silhouettes.
  • Represent Arizona’s 5 artistic disciplines: Dance, Music, Media Arts,Theatre, and Visual Arts.
  • Two Colors: Submit black and white designs or designs utilizing two colors only.

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Published: Published: September 3rd, 2019

UPDATE: Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal

SB1111, better known as Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal, took another step forward on Monday August 26th. The Arizona State Board of Education unanimously allowed the bill (known as R7-2-321 to the State Board) to open for rulemaking.

What is rulemaking?

SB1111 was signed into law by Governor Ducey on May 14th, 2019. The law stipulates that, ADE and the State Board, in partnership with Arts Education experts, will create the student and LEA requirements for participation in the Arts Education Proficiency Seal. ADE and stakeholders submitted the proposed requirements for State Board rule on Monday, August 26th, and the board agreed that the item should move forward through the process.

What’s next?

The State Board’s rulemaking procedures require a public hearing no sooner than 20 days following opening the rule. The Board will be hosting a public hearing at the Board’s offices on September 18, 2019 at noon. Findings from this meeting will be submitted to the board on September 23rd.

It is anticipated that the board will not officially adopt the rule until their October 28 meeting, in which the rule will become active or will remain tabled for adjustments. If activated, the 2019-20 Arts Education Proficiency Seal LEA Application will be opened in November 2019. 

What are the proposed student requirements?

Arts Education Stakeholders from across the state submitted the following recommendation to the ADE and Arizona State Board of Education:

To qualify for the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, a student will complete:

        • A final GPA of 3.0 or 4.0 in each qualifying arts/career and technical education (CTE) course.
        • 4 minimum credit requirements in one of the following ways:
          • A minimum of 4 credits in one artistic discipline: (dance, music, theatre, visual arts or media arts)
          • OR
          • 3 credits in one artistic discipline, and 1 qualifying creative industries CTE credit or separate artistic discipline.
          • OR
          • 2 credits in one artistic discipline, and 2 credits in a qualifying creative industries CTE class
        • 80 hours of arts related extracurricular activities
        • A student capstone project

Stakeholders also requested that the ADE produce a guidance document to assist in LEA implementation of the Arts Seal program, including examples and definitions of: appropriate extracurricular activities, appropriate and rigorous capstones, an approved list of Creative Industries CTE courses.

How can students begin the Arts Seal Pathway?

Interested students must be enrolled in a participating District/LEA. Districts and LEAs will submit an annual application to the department of education. Approved applications will allow Districts and LEAs to administer the seal of Arts Proficiency to qualifying students.

Can I engage in Public Comment?

Yes! You may express your support or share your concerns with the Arizona State Board of Education. If you would like to submit a public comment on rules, please submit them to [email protected], or you may attend the public hearing on September 18th. Information can be found via the Arizona State Board Website

The ADE Office of Arts Education is happy to answer any questions you might have.

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