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The fundamental way in which we experience our world and express ourselves is through the arts, and arts education develops essential skills and abilities for successful 21st century citizens.

Oregon adopted new Arts standards in September 2015. Based on the National Core Arts Standards, they contain standards for five discrete disciplines, a glossary for each discipline and supporting materials for the standards.

Standards-based education is the process of basic teaching, learning and assessment that focuses on national, state, and local educational standards. Academic Content Standards are statements of what students are expected to know and be able to do at specified grade levels.


Interested in arts education? Sign up for the Arts Education Newletter for updates! You can also view our past newsletters below:

Well Rounded Access Program (WRAP)

Learn more about how we are expanding access to well rounded education for Oregon students. Sign up for updates about well rounded education in our WRAP Newsletter.

The Arts Standards Documents

CTE Oregon Skills Set Page



​The philosophical foundations and lifelong goals establish the basis for the new standards and illuminate artistic literacy by expressing the overarching common values and expectations for learning in arts education across the five arts disciplines.

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For more information, contact Shannon Johnson, Arts Education Specialist, (503) 863-6237.