OSPI has released the Revised ESSA Consolidated Plan (and a summary document), which is the report our state is required to make to the U.S. Department of Education to define Washington State’s approach to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan has a strong focus on accountability goals and metrics, and how OSPI will be working hard to address equitable learning opportunities for all students.

There is an open comment period through September 5, 2017.

There are six questions in the feedback survey, the final survey question for Additional Comments provides an opportunity to emphasize the importance of arts learning as part of a well-rounded education for all students.

Share a personal example from your school, district, or family about how learning in and through the arts support these goals.

Consider some of the key achievement goals that OSPI will be tracking, which include:
• Proficiency in English Language Arts and Math
• English Learner Progress
• Regular Attendance
• Graduation Rates

We suggest that this is not the right time to discuss whether these are the best goals to track, but instead, focus on how the arts – dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts – can support these goals and overall student success.

Consider providing examples that illustrate some of these research points:
The arts increase student and family engagement, which supports better attendance and graduation rates

Art integration with other subject areas supports greater understanding for students with all kinds of backgrounds and learning abilities The arts – especially theatre – support literacy and language development

 The arts – especially theatre – support literacy and language development

The arts support social and emotional learning, and the development of skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and persistence

Many more research-based connections between the Arts and ESSA can be found on the Arts Education Partnership website: http://www.aep-arts.org/essa/

Additional research information about arts education can be found at http://www.artsedsearch.org/browse-research