If you support maintaining and strengthening arts education in Washington State’s K-12 schools, your voice is needed now!

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in December 2015. It’s the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Washington State’s ESSA Consolidated Plan Draft is the document that outlines how Washington intends to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act in school year 2017-18. The plan provides details on how the state will ensure student and educator success. The plan will also provide a policy framework for how federal funds are used to support K-12 education in Washington State.

ArtsEd Washington would like to make sure that the opportunities for the arts supported through ESSA at the federal level are also supported in the state plan. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is asking for public input and comments on the Plan Draft using an online survey. You can provide feedback on each of the Six Overarching Componentsof Washington State’s ESSA Consolidated Plan Draft, as well as general feedback. As an arts education supporter, this is your chance to make an impact on the future of the arts as part of basic education in Washington’s schools.

Please read the summary document, read our talking points, and develop your survey responses regarding arts education in Washington State for one or more of the six sections.

When you’re ready to submit your feedback, take the survey here.

The deadline for giving OSPI your feedback is February 15, 2017.

Thank you for helping us ensure that every school has high-quality, sustainable arts learning at every grade level for every student!