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Giving Parents, School Leaders, and Community Partners Tools to Improve Arts Education in California

Create CA launched a first-of-its-kind suite of tools designed to help increase participation in arts education across the state.

Topics: California

Common Sense Kids Action believes that every American child deserves a high-quality education that will enable him or her to succeed in a fiercely competitive, global, and knowledge-based economy.

A quality arts education can play an essential role in this effort because it sparks creative thinking, an essential skill to succeed in today's competitive workforce. That's why I am honored to play a leadership role with Create CA, California's Statewide Arts Education Coalition as its chair-elect. Create CA is working to ensure all students are able to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the 21st-century workforce.

Create CA, in partnership with the California Department of Education and the Arts Education Data Project, launched a first-of-its-kind suite of tools designed to help increase participation in arts education across the state.

Presented in a user-friendly, color-coded dashboard, the Arts Education Data Project provides important information to education leaders, teachers, and parents about levels of access to and enrollment in arts programming in schools in grades 6 to 12. We hope this will help everyone more easily identify and address arts-education inequities across the state. The tools also include a roadmap and guides to help school districts assess their programs and create strategic arts plans.

The Blueprint for Creative Schools, released in 2015 as the report of an arts education task force I co-chaired at the behest of State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, identified that there have been few opportunities to analyze arts-education data in a coordinated effort to identify and help address educational inequities at the secondary school level. These new tools address several of the Blueprint's key recommendations to improve equity and access.

Now that we have reached this milestone, we know we have more work to do. But this announcement lays the groundwork for vital conversations and partnerships. Common Sense Kids Action will have a role in setting a policy and advocacy agenda in 2017 to ensure all students have access to a high-quality arts education.

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