Fine Arts Standards
The numbering system is as follows:
Thank you for your interest in Nebraska’s Fine Arts Standards draft. On this website you will find:
- the K-12 Fine Arts Standards draft.
- an introductory video showing how the standards are organized and the rationale.
- a PowerPoint corresponding to the video that includes key questions for survey participants to consider as they review the document.
We currently have two versions (or views) of the same standards:
- horizontal version with the K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade bands listed side by side (reading left to right). Please note that the content area glossaries are in separate files.
- vertical view with all of the standards for specific grade bands listed one standard after the other (reading top to bottom). Please note that glossary information is included at the end of each content strand.
Nebraska’s Fine Arts standards are organized with three “levels of specificity”:
- K-12 Comprehensive Standards – these are broad, general statements that cover key areas in media arts, visual arts, dance, music, and theatre (in shaded boxes at the top of the page).
- Grade Band Standards – these statements are organized by “Big Ideas” (bolded in both versions and also in shaded boxes in the horizontal version) and identify what students “should know and be able to do” by the end of a specified grade band. Nebraska Fine Arts standards are specific for grade bands K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. These standards are not specific by individual grade, nor are they course specific.
- Curricular Indicators – these statements provide more specific information to distinguish expectations between grade bands. Examples are not meant to be exhaustive lists.
Nebraska has historically been a local control state with no mandated curriculum or textbooks. Therefore, the curricular indicator level may seem a bit less specific than standards from other states. However, they are similar in specificity to other Nebraska standards content areas.
Nebraska's draft standards are written using verbiage that describes the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at the various grade bands rather than using performance expectation language.
The Fine Arts Standards draft follows the Nebraska Department of Education numbering system, with each Fine Arts strands assigned a number: 1-Media Arts, 2-Visual Arts, 3-Dance, 4-Music, 5-Theatre.
Dear Interested Citizen,
After several months of writing and editing, and currently in the process of external validation by nationally-recognized experts, the draft of the Nebraska Fine Arts Standards is now available for review by the general public. As of today, the State Board plans to take action on the adoption of the standards at their February 4, 2014 meeting. No standards are final until adopted by the State Board of Education.
On another note, Debra Wehrmann DeFrain, formerly of Peru State College, joined the Nebraska Department of Education on May 28, 2013, as the new Director of Fine Arts. We are extremely pleased to have Debbie as a permanent part of our NDE Team. Her leadership skills and expertise will be invaluable as we implement the new standards. Debbie may be contacted at Debbie.DeFrain@nebraska.gov
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