Fri October 16, 2009
Kentucky Art Education Association
By Elizabeth Kramer/ Paco Long-Mendez
Frankfort, KY – Art education policies are a major topic at this weekend's annual conference Kentucky Art Education Association. KPR's Elizabeth Kramer reports.
Last spring, the state legislature changed reforms enacted with the Kentucky Education Reform Act; it scrapped the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System or CATS. Now, arts teachers are looking to the state for new policies that assure the arts a place in the K through 12 curriculum. So says Judy Haynes, President of the Kentucky Art Education Association. Haynes says educators will hear from Kentucky Department of Education officials Saturday about a program review it's constructing to make sure art is taught and student performance is evaluated.
I think the program review will help ensure our place in the educational system. I think we have made some strides here, but I think we have some more to make.
Haynes says the DOE is expected to complete the review in November and pilot it in several schools beginning in January