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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.

*Update: On April 16th, 2018 the Fine Arts Workgroups met as a large committee to review the Missouri Fine Arts Learning Standards in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. We have researched updated state and national standards, as well as examined what is currently being practiced in various Missouri schools. Modeled after the National Fine Arts Standards, and after careful consideration and vetting of the language used, we are crafting standards that reflect a 21st century approach to artistic literacy and its connection to college and career readiness. Examining the needs of Missouri students, the workgroups have also decided to write Media Arts standards to benefit the future of Missouri schools. Taking note of trends in employment and career opportunities, the Fine Arts workgroup is committed to developing standards that reflect what is best for Missouri students. The group will meet again, as a whole, June 11th in Jefferson City before presenting our update at the Board of Education meeting on June 12th.

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