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State Board Approves New Tennessee Fine Arts Standards

Friday, October 14, 2016 | 3:07pm

NASHVILLE – The State Board of Education voted unanimously on final reading to approve new, Tennessee-specific academic standards for fine arts.

A public review of the Fine Arts standards began in winter of 2016, which included the collection of stakeholder feedback as well as revision work by current Tennessee educators. The new K-12 Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts were then heard on first reading at the July 2016 State Board of Education meeting.

These rigorous standards set grade-specific goals for what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. Tennessee requires visual art and music instruction for grades K-8 and one full credit of fine arts for high school graduation. Many students elect to focus concentration on sequential course offerings in multiple arts disciplines, including visual arts, dance, media arts, theater, and vocal and instrumental music.

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