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2012-13 Arts Curricular Innovation Grants

The purpose of the 2012–13 Arts Curricular Innovation Grants (ACIG) Program is to assist schools and districts to develop and implement large or small-scale arts initiatives that support quality arts education programs that significantly improve student achievement in the arts.

ACIG must promote the development and implementation of appropriate curricula, instruction, and assessment based on the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. They must also serve as the foundation to support quality arts instruction and the growth of such programs in South Carolina schools.  Successful proposals include dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.

During the 2012-13, grant cycle 80 grants were funded benefitting approximately 84,000 students throughout South Carolina. The $1.18 million in grant funds is allocated from the South Carolina Legislature.

The Arts Curricular Innovation Grants provide schools and districts with the funding for arts strategic planning, effective implementation of the state arts standards, standards-driven assessment, the use of instructional best practice strategies, and arts-specific professional development.

Ten years of ongoing research in South Carolina schools has demonstrated increased and enhanced arts education programs have significant impact on students, schools, and teachers. Research conducted by the University of South Carolina Office of Program Evaluation found that schools with quality, comprehensive, and sequential arts programs greatly changed the ecology of the school. Research at these schools concludes:

  • higher student attendance,
  • fewer discipline referrals,
  • higher parent approval,
  • fewer student interruptions and more time on task,
  • higher teacher attendance, and
  • higher teacher morale.

Arts Curricular Innovation Grants also provide quality professional development for arts teachers and classroom teachers.

  • Teachers and administrators from every district in the state have attended summer professional development arts institutes through the Arts Curricular Innovation Grants.
  • Over 325 teachers and administrators attend 15 institutes last year.
  • The South Carolina Arts Leadership for Success Academy (SCALSA) and the Arts Assessment: Student Evaluation Institute have been approved by the Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) as two of the three required courses for PACE arts teachers.
  • New teachers attending SCALSA have a very high retention rate. Out of 272 teachers attending SCALSA only 11 have left the teaching profession.
  • Research from the Office of Program Evaluation at USC supports the quality of the arts institutes funded through the Arts Curricular Innovation Grants. Observers in a five year longitudinal study reported:
    • the quality of standards-based arts lessons had greatly improved after attending the Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts (CLIA) and
    • after teachers attended the Arts Assessment: Student Evaluation Institute there was noticeable improvement in teachers assessment of students’ knowledge of the South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing.

Applicants must use grant funds to achieve all of the bulleted items below:

  • Plan, develop, and implement arts education curricula, instruction, and assessment based on the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Develop lesson plans and curriculum guides based on the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts and purchase resources required to implement these lessons.
  • Provide for teacher professional development programs for arts specialists or appropriate classroom teachers.
  • A minimum of 30%of the total budgetmustbe used for scholarships for SCDE-approved 2012 arts summer professional development institutes. These include institutes on curriculum, leadership, assessment, technology, creating in the arts, artistically gifted and talented, media production in the arts, and arts integration.
  • Hire certified arts specialists or contract with professional artists approved by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC).
  • Administer the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program (SCAAP) as a major part of an ongoing needs assessment and evaluation.  The objective of SCAAP is to allow educators and school districts to assess students’ arts achievement based on the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts.
    • Nearly 5,058 fourth grade music and visual arts students from 32 schools participated in SCAAP in 2012.
    • The test gives teachers feedback on the implementation of standards-based arts education and allows arts teachers to make informed decisions regarding the adjustments in their long-range plans.

The grant includes innovative practices. Applicants must include and detail innovative practices to

  • Enhance, accelerate, and assure student achievement in the arts,
  • Implement the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts,
  • Embed innovative practices in the grant’s strategies and action steps, and
  • Include strategies to more effectively engage students in their arts study.

 The EIA-Arts Curricula funds in the SCDE budget have been crucial to the progress of arts education in South Carolina since the passage of Target 2000 legislation in 1989.  This funding supports the improvement of arts curricula and instruction through competitive grants to schools and districts. The grants impact is statewide as well as local, due to the fact that these grant funds support statewide professional development for arts teachers that has dramatically improved arts instruction and integration with other subjects including STEM. Arts Curricular innovation Grants also support a standardized arts assessment program that is an important tool for local and statewide arts program improvement.