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New Standards for Art and Design

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor recently adopted new Wisconsin Standards for Art and Design. These new academic standards were developed by Wisconsin educators and experts using a transparent and inclusive process based on educator and public engagement and feedback.

The art and design standards provide a conceptual base for use in K-12 art classrooms. This set of standards may also be used for those formal classes including but not limited to, “general” art, Art History, painting, art metals, sculpture, graphic arts, and design.

Resources supporting the standards include:

Co-Chairs of the writing committee for the Wisconsin Art and Design Standards:

  • Jennifer Dahl, Red Creek & Forrest Street Elementary, Black River Falls
  • Tiffany Beltz, Irving Pertzsch Elementary School, Onalaska

Next steps for the standards include sharing the Wisconsin Standards for Art and Design and corresponding resources through a set of webinars, updates to the DPI website, and face-to-face sessions across the state. If your school or facility is interested in hosting a face-to-face session or ZOOM meeting in 2020 about the standards and resources, contact Arts and Creativity Education Consultant, Julie Palkowski.

Other Standards up for Revision

Following the recommendation of the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council and based on public feedback, State Superintendent Stanford Taylor has also authorized a revision of Wisconsin Standards for English Language Arts, Physical Education, and Personal Financial Literacy.

Drafts of these revised standards, being developed by state-wide writing committees and informed by key stakeholders from the Wisconsin education and business communities, will be released in late January 2020 for a 30-day public and legislative comment period, including two public hearings.

In Wisconsin, all state standards serve as a model. Locally elected school boards adopt academic standards in each subject area to best serve their community.