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State seeking feedback on proposed social studies, arts and humanities standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is asking for feedback on the state's proposed social studies and arts and humanities standards.

Through Dec. 5, people can review the proposed standards in social studies and the arts, and can offer feedback that will be used to revise and refine them before the Kentucky Board of Education gives them final consideration.

The state board originally was scheduled to consider the proposed standards at its December meeting. But officials said Wednesday that in order to get feedback, the board will delay action on the standards.

Legislation passed in 2009 by the General Assembly required the state to implement a process for revising the academic content standards in all areas. Wanting new common standards, 48 states joined in the Common Core State Standards Initiative to develop new standards in English/language arts and mathematics. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards and incorporated them into the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards. The new English/language arts and mathematics standards were first taught in the 2011-12 school year. Standards in science followed, and now the state board is reviewing proposed social studies and arts and humanities standards.

Some Kentucky educators have said they don't think the proposed social studies standards provide enough details about which courses should be taught at each grade level.

If approved, the new social studies and arts standards could be taught for the first time in the 2015-16 school year.

The draft social studies standards focus on deeper learning, not just the memorization of facts, state education officials said in a news release Wednesday. The standards were written to encourage students to make connections to the world around them and apply their knowledge and skills.

People who want to provide feedback on the draft social studies standards can use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYSSpublic.

The proposed arts and humanities standards are designed to engage students in the processes used to create and understand artistic expression, state officials said.

To provide feedback on the proposed arts standards, people can review the standards for only one of the disciplines — or all of them. The links are:

■ Visual Arts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYVisualArts

■ Music: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYMusic

■ Theatre: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYTheatre

■ Media Arts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYMediaArts

■ Dance: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYDance

In addition, in August, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday asked the public to help change the state's academic requirements in math and English. Those standards may be reviewed and comments may be made at Kentucky.statestandards.org. Holliday has said those changes for math and English standards could be in place by the 2016-17 school year.

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