We congratulate: The concept of setting standards for arts programs

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By Steve Doyle

 The recommendations about how to improve public education in Kentucky has one immediately commendable point: Let's make our elementary arts programs meaningful.

The Task Force on Assessment and Accountability was created to look at the viability of the controversial standardized state test, the CATS test. As is the case in many states, the testing has not proved students are being educated adequately or on par with other states.

But the task force's first notion was to ensure that arts programs in elementary schools have standards as well, and it embraced a pilot program being developed in 20 counties that set goals for teaching art and humanities.

A vibrant arts program can reach students who may not excel in basic academic courses and who can develop broader skills by being happier learners.

We congratulate the task force for its vision.