Dear SEADAE members,

A new posting on the SEADAE website under Forum needs your attention.
This latest posting is in response to a SEADAE/Quadrant proposal about establishing the arts as part of the state data collection system, known as the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).
We need your response to this data proposal by Thursday, September 3rd. We will also have a chance to discuss the proposal during the regular SEADAE conference call on September 1st.
This work is a direct outcome from the National Expectations for Learning in Arts Education (NELAE) meeting held in Annapolis on August 5th & 6th, where we learned of upcoming opportunities at the state and national levels regarding data collection. With the help of Bob Morrison, of Quadrant Arts Education Research, we are presenting you with a joint SEADAE/Quadrant proposal that:
  • Provides a rationale for the work
  • Identifies key data priority points that we will recommend be part of every state’s data collection system (SLDS)
  • Benchmark dates by which certain activities must occur

This rationale for the proposal comes from Bob:
Because of the intensity of focus on data-gathering by the new administration and the amount of funding available for the development of statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS), we are faced with a unique, but fleeting, opportunity to embed arts education data-gathering into these new systems.

To accomplish the goal of having the arts part of every SLDS, we recommend taking a two-pronged approach. The first approach is more ambitious, yet feasible; make a pitch to the other “non-tested” areas (social studies, physical education, health, and world languages) that together we should propose that all K-12 curricular content areas be included as part of a state’s SLDS. Linda Lovins, Bob Morrison and Marcia McCaffrey will work this idea through, making the necessary contacts and explaining our position and recommendations (Note: see Enhanced Data Timeline posting). However, before we do so, we need to hear from SEADAE members via the website Forum about your stance on this idea:
  • Please give us your opinion about whether you agree with the concept of having arts data collected through the SLDS, and whether you agree that we should come together with other non-tested areas for this recommendation.
  • Please include any general or specific feedback you may have regarding the proposal.

The second approach is to develop a state-by-state plan whereas each SEADAE member approaches his or her SLDS staff member regarding the idea and importance of including the arts in their state system using our final, agreed-upon SEADAE position. Individual states may want to expand beyond the data collection systems proposed by SEADAE or request deeper data investigations that may not occur annually, but would use individual state SLDS to collect such data. Having the same base of data gathered by each state will ensure we have comparable information and will set the nation on a course of being able to report, on an annual basis, the status and condition of arts education for ALL children.

Steps for you to take:

1. Read the SEADAE Quadrant Data proposal.
2. Go to the Forum on the SEADAE website and post your comments and questions there. The proposal is also available as a download on the SEADAE site along with the Enhanced Timeline. Response collection will end at 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on September 3rd.
3. If you choose, revisit the site to see questions, comments and responses that have been posted over time.

Thanks again for providing your valued opinion to this work and the time you’ve taken to complete these tasks. Together we can make difference.

Yours truly,

Linda Marcia
Linda Lovins Marcia McCaffrey
National Expectations National Expectations
Co-Chair Co-Chair