A grant has been awarded to the Nebraska Department of Education to help set standards for art programs in the state's schools.
The $46,100 grant from the
Nebraska Arts Council will be used to draft the standards, but the plan
will not include assessment tests like the state uses for the core
subjects of math, science, reading and writing.
The arts standards, set to be finalized by August 2014, will include dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts.
state currently has had guidelines for arts education, but no
standards. Donlynn Rice, the department's administrator of curriculum,
instruction and innovation, says the department eventually would also
like to develop standards for world language and coordinated school