Laws and policy are changing education standards and accountability. Oklahoma’s Department of Education is working now to decide how our state will implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Our State Department of Oklahoma is creating a State Plan in preparation for implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 academic year. Each state must revise its accountability plan for success in education, which―in addition to items such as test scores―can include other indicators, such as measures of participation in arts instruction.

Take advantage of the important opportunities outlined on this handout to voice your support for arts education!

The Oklahoma Department of Education will host ESSA town tall meetings over the next month. Show up to learn and to speak for our student’s access to arts education.

Oklahoma Department of Education ESSA information:


ESSA Town Halls
6 p.m. Nov. 1: Pontotoc Technology Center, Ada
6 p.m. Nov. 14: Capitol Hill High School, Oklahoma City
6:30 p.m. Nov. 15: Metropolitan Baptist Church, Tulsa
6 p.m. Dec. 5: Enid High School, Enid
6 p.m. Dec. 6: Yukon High School, Yukon
6 p.m. Dec. 12: MLK Community Center, Muskogee

We’d love to hear about it if you attend.

Now is the time to ensure that Oklahoma’s State Plan defines arts education as necessary for successful schools, professional development, supporting all students and more.