The Nebraska Department of Education will take public comment through Jan. 17 on its proposed fine arts standards.
The draft standards detail what Nebraska students should know about visual arts, dance, music, theater and media arts.
The first-ever document, if adopted by the Nebraska Board of Education, would mark a significant step up from a set of arts “frameworks” that the state developed decades ago to guide instruction.
The comment process is meant to involve the public in developing the standards. Final approval is tentatively scheduled for February.
An online survey will be available through Jan. 17. The draft standards and the survey are available at www.education.ne.gov/standardssurvey/.
The website also includes a video explaining the design format of the draft standards and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
Those who wish to complete the survey but who don't have Internet access can request a hard copy by writing Donlynn Rice, Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 69509.
Comments also can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to board members. Their email addresses are available at www.education.ne.gov/StateBoard/Index.html.
Written comments can be mailed to Fine Arts Standards Input, Debbie DeFrain, Nebraska Department of Education, P.O. Box 94987, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987.
Testimony also will be collected at public meetings Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST. Meetings will be held at the following sites:
» Lincoln: Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, sixth floor
» Omaha: Educational Service Unit No. 3, 6949 S. 110th St.
» Wakefield: ESU No. 1, 211 10th St., conference room A
» Kearney: ESU No. 10, 76 Plaza Blvd., south wing rooms E & F
» Scottsbluff: ESU No. 13, 2601 College Park, Harms Advanced Technology Center, E-189
» Ainsworth: ESU No. 17, 1292 E. Fourth St., training center
All comments must be received by Jan. 17, 2014.