I am guessing that you teach either elementary or middle school. In our
district those grade levels do not receive grades in Art. They receive either
S, NI, or U to indicate their progress. In middle school Art is not where they
go to learn. It is where they go to have fun. In elementary school they are
allowed to give an E for excellent. But that is not true in middle school. I
have yet to comprehend the reasoning behind that one.
As long as subject matter is set aside as "special" we will continue to have
difficulty getting anyone to take it seriously. And to be honest, as long as
we have teachers who just teach "lessons" and not art content it will continue
to be difficult.But don't give up the ghost. It is those individual cases of
success that make it worth plowing on. I might suggest that you add the local
administration, school board, business people to your list of people to
convince. I am working in that direction more now. I am also working hard in
my local art organizations to get them more involved. Chin up!!