Visual and Performing Arts - Curriculum Documents

Published: 7/21/2017 9:17 AM

Links to the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) in Visual and Performing Arts and other documents of interest are located on this page.

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Kentucky Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts​

Administrative regulation 704 KAR 3:303 Required Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) was adopted into law as of June 2013. Curriculum translates these standards and considers all the steps (curriculum mapping, unit development, materials and resources, unit assessments, etc.) it will take to meet these standards. The Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) provides electronic access to the Kentucky Academic Standards and a lesson planning tool and scheduler to help teachers manage standards-based instruction in the classroom. CIITS directly links and aligns high quality, multi-media instructional resources. These classroom materials are designed to engage students in learning and reinforce the standards being taught. Teachers may also share instructional resources they design through CIITS.


High School Graduation Requirements

Each student in a common school shall have a total of at least twenty-two (22) credits for high school graduation. For Visual and Performing Arts, students must earn one (1) credit in a history and appreciation of visual and performing arts (HAVPA) or a standards-based specialized arts course based on the student's Individual Learning Plan. 

Early Graduation​ is a deliberate pathway for students that wish to move on when ready, receive a diploma from the district and be eligible for acceptance into Kentucky public universities and non-profit independent colleges and universities.


The Kentucky Department of Education worked with teams to develop the Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning (CHETL) as a support for instruction. The CHETL are research based best practices for teachers and students.

​Kentucky Valid Course List for Visual and Performing Arts without Certifications, 2016

Kentucky Valid Course List for Visual and Performing Arts with Certifications, 2016


National Core Arts Standards (NCAS)

This is the homepage of the national standards which were adopted into the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) as the Kentucky Academic Standards for the Arts.


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS)
This site provide historical background on the development of the National Core Arts Standards as well as College Board research used in the development and other resources


Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR TEACHERS
This document was developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and VSA to provide guidance for all educators to develop and deliver high quality arts programs for all students.


National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning

This narrative document outlines the grounding philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, as articulated in the National Core Arts Standards. 

Robert Duncan
Office of Teaching and Learning
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