Visual & Performing Arts Standards Review

Deemed an essential part of every child’s education, participation in the visual and performing arts broadens students’ understanding of the world, contributes to increased school and community engagement, and aids in positive social and emotional development. The current Maine Learning Results (MLR) for the visual and performing arts aim to provide students with a comprehensive arts education, and span four distinct disciplines: dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

A review and revision of the MLR for the visual and performing arts will begin shortly.  The following table outlines the 14-step process that the Department of Education will take, in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, to produce the revised standards:

Fall 2019

Step 1:  The Commissioner gives approval to begin the standards review process.

Step 2:  A public comment period and hearings held on the current content standards.

Winter 2019, Spring 2020

Step 3: A steering committee of content area experts who represent the cultural diversity found in Maine and a range of viewpoints is formed and tasked with:

  • reviewing all comments submitted during the initial public comment period;
  • developing a blueprint for the revision of the state standards in their assigned content area;
  • addressing and advising the writing committees when deadlocks occur; and
  • determine when the writing teams have completed their work.
Summer 2020

Step 4: Maine Department of Education gives approval to the steering committee's recommended blueprint for standards revision.

Step 5: Writing teams are formed (PK-12 educators who represent Maine's cultural and geographical diversity, broken into smaller groups, facilitated by the Maine DOE content specialist) to revise content standards based on the blueprint developed by the steering committee and approved by the Maine DOE.

Step 6: The writing team submits a draft of the proposed changes to the steering committee.

Step 7: The steering committee submits a draft proposal to the Maine DOE.

Fall 2020

Step 8: The Maine DOE conducts a final review of the standards revision.

Step 9: The Maine DOE files the standards revision document as proposed rules with the Secretary of State.

Step 10: The Maine DOE holds a public hearing followed by a public comment period on the proposed rules.

Winter 2020 Step 11: The Maine DOE prepares and submits provisional adoption of standards revision to the Secretary of State and Legislative Council.  The Legislature, once in session in January, will refer the rule as a legislative document to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee where they will be given an LD Resolve to revise during their session.
Spring 2021

Step 12: The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing and work session before sending the proposed rules to the Full Legislature.

Step 13: The Full Legislature adopts the revised standards.

Step 14: The Maine DOE prepares the standards regulation for final adoption.