Influence the New CA VAPA Framework

Posted on 07/05/18

An update from California Dance Education Association’s Credential Task Force: We are moving very quickly towards finalizing the process of dance and theater credentials in California. A major component in this process is to revise state standards and framework for dance education. These documents will guide the course work for new dance educators in teacher education programs. We need “all hands on deck” in the dance community to assist in this process of reviewing the newly revised standards and participating in the framework revision as this information is important to all of our pedagogical practices.

On July 26, 2018, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) will review the draft revised Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards recommended by the 21 members of the VAPA Standards Advisory Committee (SAC) at their final meeting on May 4. The IQC Agenda, which will include links to the draft standards, will be posted on the IQC web page at 10 days in advance of the IQC meeting.

In August 2018, a draft of the revised VAPA Standards will be officially posted for public review and comment. Members of the public will be able to provide input by completing a survey. The survey results and any comments sent via email will be provided to the IQC in November when they will review the draft and public comments, consider making revisions, and forward the standards to the State Board of Education (SBE) for action in January 2019.

In August, the California Department of Education (CDE) will convene focus groups of educators to gather input to guide the revision of the VAPA Framework. Educators who applied to a focus group panel will receive letters indicating whether they were appointed before July 4, 2018. Educators and interested members of the public who are not on a focus group panel may still attend focus group meetings to provide comments or submit them via email. See the VAPA Curriculum Framework web page at for focus group times and locations. Meeting agendas and focus group questions will be posted 10 days in advance of the first meeting.

Why is Public Comment Important? 
Please remember that the revision of the standards and framework is a public process open to input from all interested stakeholders. Public comment may be used to indicate support of draft standards and framework or share desired revisions and outcomes. If you are not able to attend any of the public meetings you may still provide public comment via the email address