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Fine Arts

Fine Arts Standards Review and Possible Revision

At its February, 2017 meeting, the Missouri State School Board authorized the convening of workgroups (as outlined in Section 160.154, RSMo) to review and possibly make recommendations for new Fine Arts learning expectations. Statute requires that a workgroup consisting of 16 K-5 educators and 17 6-12 educators be assembled to review the existing standards.

At its October, 2017 meeting, the State Board finalized its approval of the workgroup committee membership.  Work is scheduled to begin on December 11th with the workgroup’s first convening at the James C Kirkpatrick State Information Center, 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109, 12:30-4:30.

Music, Theatre, and Dance will meet Friday, August 3rd  in the Kirkpatrick Building (room 139) at 600 West Main Street from 9am – 3:30pm.

The Theatre and Dance Work Groups will meet Monday, August 6th  9:00am to 3:30pm in the 1st floor conference room in the Jefferson Building, at 205 Jefferson Street. 

UPDATE: On July 16, 2018 representatives of the Fine Arts Work Groups met to continue progress on the development of the Missouri Fine Arts Learning Standards. The work on this day specifically focused on developing the crosswalk for the Visual Arts standards, connecting the new standards to the previously adopted Grade Level Expectations. Meetings on August 3rd and August 6th will center on writing the crosswalks for Music, Theatre, and Dance. An update on the work groups progress will be made at a public hearing during the August Board of Education meeting on August 14th, 2018.

If you have any questions about the existing Missouri Fine Arts Learning Expectations or the process of standards review and revision in Missouri, please contact Tom Tobias—Arts Education Director, tom.tobias@dese.mo.gov


Current Fine Arts Standards

Music: PDF | Word | Excel
Theater: PDF | Word | Excel
Visual Arts: PDF | Word | Excel 


Tom Tobias | Arts Education Director | Office of College and Career Readiness
Phone: 573-751-9610 | Fax: 573-526-0812 |  tom.tobias@dese.mo.gov