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21, 2017 – The
State Board of Education at its June 15, 2017 meeting approved the first
Georgia Standards of Excellence for Media Arts, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts,
based on the recommendation of State School Superintendent Richard Woods.
standards were revised based on public feedback, including a 60-day
public comment period in the spring of 2016. K-12 fine arts teachers, postsecondary
educators, school district fine arts coordinators, business and industry
representatives, parents, and fine arts organizations were represented on the
committees that drafted and reviewed the standards for Media Arts, Theatre
Arts, and Visual Arts.
and refreshing the standards for Media Arts, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts
moves us closer to our goal of providing meaningful opportunities in the fine
arts for all Georgia students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said.
“The arts are a critical component of a well-rounded K-12 education, and I
appreciate all of the educators, parents, and community members who came
together to create these standards that enhance the fine arts instruction our
Alliance Theatre, High Museum of Art, Georgia Art Education Association,
Georgia Council for the Arts, Technical College System of Georgia, and Board of
Regents of the University System of Georgia all authored letters of support for
the revised standards.
High Museum was asked to be on various committees to review the work,
revisions, and recommendations made by teachers, community representatives, and
administrators,” Kate McLeod, the High’s Head of School and Teacher Services, wrote.
“I was so appreciative of the transparent and thorough process done by all
parties. We believe that students will be prepared to enter the workforce with
the knowledge and resources needed to be successful.”
Georgia Art Education Association supports the revision of the Georgia
Performance Standards in Visual and Theatre Arts,” GAEA President Dr. Lauren
“Many art teachers were involved in the revision and advisory process,
including members of our organization. The revisions address many needs in the
Visual Art standards, including the addition of Media Arts standards. … Now all
Visual Arts subjects have updated standards that will help art teachers give
students a world-class art education.”
Standards of Excellence: Media
There is no Crosswalk for Media Arts because these are entirely new, rather
than revised, standards.