The following tools are intended to support your efforts to show up and speak out.
Business and school leaders see the arts as key to preparing students to be creative workers for the global marketplace. 85 % of surveyed business executives indicated that they are currently having difficulty recruiting individuals who possess creative ability. The demand for creative people will increase as U.S. firms pursue innovation. Link to PDF: http://artsusa.org/pdf/get_involved/advocacy/research/2009/ready_innovate09.pdf
More research showing how learning in the arts contributes to student achievement and success. Link to PDF: http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Critical-Evidence.pdf
The Arts Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) can be found on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website. Link: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/Standards/default.aspx
To these ends, the goals of each school district, with the involvement of parents and community members, shall be to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills essential to: ...(2) Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures
Core Academic Subjects - The term `core academic subjects' means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. Link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/index.html