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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.  

Update: February 21, 2019

Fine Arts Standards: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 Course-Level Expectations

Revised Timeline of Events
  • Wednesday, March 6
    • The following documents are submitted to DESE.
      • Final, edited Pre-Kindergarten, Grade and Course Level Expectation recommendations in Music, Visual Art, Theater, Dance and Media Arts
      •  Crosswalks with the current Arts Grade Level Expectations in Music, Visual Art, Theater and Dance
      • Workgroup responses to comments and frequently asked questions from the public comment period
      • A Glossary of terms
  • Thursday, March 7
    • Final recommendations sent to Legislatures Joint Committee on Education for review
  • Monday, April 1
    • Documents for State Board of Education Review posted on DESE website.
  • Monday, April 15 or Tuesday, April 16, State Board Meeting in Saint Louis
    • Dr. Blaine Henningsen and Tom Tobias will present the edited Workgroup recommendations to the State Board for approval.  The Workgroup leaders will be present to answer questions from the State Board. 

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.

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