VPAA Curriculum Review
The members of the Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts Curriculum Review Team of the Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD are committed to improving the quality of VPAA Education across the EUPISD. We believe that arts education is an integral part of every student’s educational well-being. Through the development of unified curriculum, adherence to State and National Core Arts Standards, and implementation of researched-based practices, we will strive to provide our students the best arts education possible.
Michigan Merit Curriculum Law
Sec. 1278a(a)(iv) The board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy shall not award a high school diploma to a pupil unless the pupil has successfully completed at least 1 credit in visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts, that is aligned with guidelines developed by the Michigan Department of Education.
Sec. 1278b(5)(g)(j) The visual, performing and applied arts credit requirement may be modified as part of a personal curriculum only if the modification requires the pupil to complete 1 additional credit in English language arts, mathematics, or science or 1 additional credit in a language other than English. This additional credit must be in addition to the number of those credits otherwise required in each subject area.
Studies show high school students who study the arts earn better grades and scores; are less likely to drop out of school; watch fewer hours of television; are less likely to report boredom in school; have a more positive self-concept; and are more involved in community service. Research also shows that many students who have difficulty learning through traditional methods can benefit from teaching strategies that include other means of learning and subject areas, such as the arts. Currently, less than half of all Michigan high schools require students to have one or more visual and performing arts credits prior to graduation.