Students build artistic literacy in an art form by applying foundational knowledge and skills while working in four processes fundamental to the arts: Creating, Responding, Performing/Presenting, and Connecting. The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts include five arts areas: dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.
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Standards, Assessment and Graduation Requirements
- 2008 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts: spreadsheet and narrative versions available
- Final 2018 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Arts Education. (These go into effect at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. See below for additional versions of these standards as well as supporting resources.)
Professional Learning and Upcoming Events
Legislative Initiatives and Special Projects
Turnaround Arts, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is based on the premise that high-quality learning in and through the arts can strengthen school transformation efforts, boost academic achievement, and increase student engagement in schools facing some of the toughest educational challenges. Turnaround Arts: Minnesota began working with schools across Minnesota in 2014, and became an MDE program in 2018. Participating schools have demonstrated increased student achievement, increased student and family engagement, decreased suspensions and behavior increased teacher instructional capacity, and improved school culture and climate. Read more on Turnaround Arts in Minnesota.
Recognition and Awards Programs
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Resources for Instruction and Learning
Many resources to support curriculum and instruction aligned to the 2018 Arts Standards are outlined below.
MDE and the Perpich Center for Arts Education are partnering to develop supports and materials to aid local education agencies and arts educators in the transition to the 2018 arts standards.
2018 Arts Strands and Anchor Standards is a quick view of the 2018 anchor standards and strands that unite all five arts areas.
Glossary for the 2018 Arts Standards provides definitions of terms found in the 2018 Arts Standards by arts area.
Foundations Overview summarizes the shift in the way foundational knowledge and skills are present in the 2018 arts standards, and provides recommendations for how to address foundations in curriculum development.
Recommended Transition Timeline can be used to assist educators and local educational agencies in the transition to the 2018 arts standards. This timeline identifies phases between now and full implementation that could be followed during the district or school review process. Note: this timeline could change as a result of the formal rulemaking process.
Note about February 2020 updates to 2018 draft standards
As of February 2020, the draft 2018 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts are still proceeding through the rulemaking process. Some updates have been made to the official draft of the standards and were posted here in early February 2020. Those updates are:
No wording was changed.
A key and introductory language have been added.
Italicized terms are aligned with the arts standards glossary.
Bolding for foundations has been refined.
The computer science-related benchmarks have been accurately marked with **.
A few typos have been corrected.
Additional columns for tracking lesson/unit and assessment of each benchmark.Standards and Related Information
Standards and Related Information
Resources for K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts Curriculum and Instruction Support - 12/16/20
Intro to MN 2018 K-12 Academic Arts Standards Dec 2020 Video - 12/15/20
This video provides an introduction to the organization, key ideas, and shifts in the 2018 arts standards.
Final Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Arts Education - 11/13/20
Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards 2018 Arts Standards in Color Tables - 11/2/20
This spreadsheet version allows users to easily review and analyze the K-12 progressions and entire grade levels in each arts area.
2018 Arts Strands and Anchor Standards - 10/28/20
Arts Standards Rulemaking Process Update, October 2020 - 10/21/20
Current Arts Education Requirements: Standards, Credits and Courses - updated July 2020 - 7/24/20
Draft 2018 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Arts Education - 2/18/20
Arts Standards Foundations Overview - 2/5/20
2018 Arts Standards Glossary - 2/5/20
2017-18 Arts Education Standards Commitee - 3/5/18
Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts (2008) - 2/11/15
Narrative version of the standards. These standards were promulgated into rule effective 11/16/2009.
Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts 2008 - 12/23/14
Spreadsheet version of the Arts standards.