Links to the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) in Arts and Humanities and other documents of interest are located on this page.
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
Visual and Performing Arts: students must earn 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
for Highly Effective Teaching and Learning
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
Kentucky Valid Course List for Visual and Performing Arts
without Certifications, 2016
Kentucky Valid Course List for Visual and Performing Arts with
158.6453(1)(i) states, A Program Review is ...a systematic method of analyzing components
of an instructional program, including instructional practices, aligned and
enacted curriculum, student work samples, formative and summative assessments,
professional development and support services, and administrative support and
The review of a
program should be an on-going, year-round, reflective process. Through careful
review schools will be able to identify strengths, which can be shared with
other programs within the building. A careful review will also allow for the
identification of weaknesses and areas of growth. It is to a school’s
advantage to communicate the program review process and documents to all staff.
As staff identifies their roles in supporting school programs, they can contribute
to the process of evidence identification and program improvement.
Resources, technical assistance and access code information
for Program Reviews.
National Core Arts Standards
This is the homepage of the national standards which were adopted into the
Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) as the Kentucky Academic Standards for the
National Coalition for Core Arts
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
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.
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.