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The College Board Releases a New Study on Common Core and Arts Standards Alignment
The College Board, in collaboration with the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), has released a new research report that details the alignment between the 2010 Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math and the National Core Arts Standards currently being written.
The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections Between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework analyzes parallels between the ELA and Math Standards and the foundations of artistic literacy outlined in the National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning, the NCCAS document guiding the work of the writing teams. The Common Core report was prepared by Amy Charleroy, the Associate Director for the College Board’s Office of Academic Initiatives.
The College Board, an NCCAS partner, has conducted several research projects for the coalition, under the leadership of the Office of Academic Initiative’s Senior Director, Dr. Nancy Rubino. All of the reports are available on the NCCAS web page
NCCAS is a coalition of nine national arts and education organizations committed to developing a next generation of voluntary, researched-based arts education standards that will build on the foundation created by the 1994 standards (and the 2005 Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts), support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, help ensure that all students are college and career ready, and affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum.
“The College Board has demonstrated its principled commitment to make the arts central to American education,” said David Coleman, President and Chief Operating Officer of The College Board. “I think the Common Core Standards are an extraordinary platform to build core arts standards on. They offer a huge opportunity to the arts community. I would say pay attention to them and to their specifics.”
The Arts and the Common Core report is divided into two parts. Part one is a content-based alignment study that focuses on arts-based examples and references already present in the Common Core ELA standards. Part two investigates areas of overlap between skills and habits emphasized in the Common Core Standards and those outlined in NCCAS’s Conceptual Framework.
In part one, the research looks at all four groups of the ELA College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards and their corresponding grade-level standards, analyzing the function of specific references to the arts in these standards across the disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. For example, among the 220 Reading standards reviewed, the study found that 50 utilize arts-based content as a tool for strengthening analysis and observation skills.
Part two clarifies the elements of the Common Core Standards that reference the same broad goals and thinking skills (such as the Conceptual Framework’s Creative Practices of imagining, constructing, investigating, and reflecting) that are shaping the development of the National Core Arts Standards.
The College Board study includes a series of tables that compare the NCCAS framework’s Philosophical Foundations, Lifelong Goals, and Creative Practices, analyzing connections to the Common Core’s Anchor Standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, and the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. Findings indicate that the Philosophical Foundation/Lifelong Goal “The Arts as Communication” connected strongly to the language and goals of most ELA and Math standards. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice also exhibited consistent and strong alignment with the framework’s four Creative Practices.
To find out more about the College Board’s arts education initiatives go to http://advocacy.collegeboard.org/preparation-access/arts-core.
• NAEA Members: DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections Between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework HERE.
National Coalition for Core Arts Standards releases guiding framework document. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released a narrative framework document that details the rationale, goals, and strategy of the new National Standards for Arts Education that are currently being written by five arts discipline teams. The National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning was formally released during the January 18-20 meeting of the coalition’s leadership and writing teams at the New York City headquarters of The College Board.
• The video of the release presentation is archived here.
• National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning This narrative document outlines the grounding philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, as articulated in the 2013 National Core Arts Standards.
• Powerpoint Presentation
• National Core Arts Standards Framework Matrix
• Project Timeline
National Coalition for Core Arts Standards releases media arts position paper and work updates. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released a position paper outlining a rationale and strategy for the creation of preK-12 media arts standards. NCCAS, a partnership of organizations and states leading the revision of the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education, formerly released The Inclusion of Media Arts in Next Generation Arts Standards at a coalition meeting in Reston, Virginia, October 2-3. This document provides guidance for meeting the needs of students using new forms related to media arts as a contemporary form of expression.
The meeting, held at the headquarters of the National Association for Music Education and National Art Education Association, also focused on an update to the NCCAS overarching framework, a new timeline for the work, and a standards draft review plan.
For the past nine months, NCCAS standards chairs from each of the five arts disciplines and Project Director Philip Shepherd have been working with national writing teams in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts to create grade-level standards. The work of more than sixty writers has helped prompt the chairs and NCCAS leadership to create a revised overarching framework—the guiding document that will serve as the basis for creating a dynamic web-based version of the new standards.
The new framework includes a definition of artistic literacy applicable to all arts disciplines, based on recognized philosophical foundations and life-long goals. NCCAS expects to release the revised framework by early January 2013, along with a companion narrative and one-page graphic representation.
The standards, utilizing the “Understanding by Design” (UbD) approach to curriculum development formulated by assessment experts Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, will be linked to each artistic process in grades preK-8, with cornerstone assessments at benchmark grades 2, 5 and 8. The division of assessment benchmark grades at the high school level is currently under revision.
NCCAS’s updated timeline calls for the draft review process to begin in March 2013. The first tier of review team members will be chosen from the more than 460 individuals who had applied to become writing team members in 2011; an additional call for reviewers will take place in early spring. All team members will participate in an online orientation session to prepare them for the review work. Anyone who was not a writing team applicant but interested in serving as a reviewer should check the NCCAS wiki page for details beginning in February 2013. Potential reviewers who are members of an NCCAS professional association can also contact the leadership of their organization for the most up-to-date information.
Lynn Tuttle, director of arts education for the Arizona Department of Education, emphasized the need for knowledgeable reviewers to participate in the process. “We know that quality standards only occur when we combine the brilliant work of the writing teams with feedback from those who will have to work with the standards,” said Tuttle, a State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education representative on the NCCAS leadership team.
NCCAS is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary arts education standards that will build on the foundation created by the 1994 National Arts Standards, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, help ensure that all students are college and career ready, and affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum.
Periodic video streamed updates and research reports are shared with the field at http://nccas.wikispaces.com.
October 3, 2012. Update on the National Standards from the NCCAS Leadership meeting.
June 20, 2012 Archives. Video snapshots of the face-to-face meeting including the recording of the writing chairs dicussion as ampling of comments from those attending and at the bottom (scroll down and hit the arrow) a transcript of the comments and questions from the field that were coming in via live web broadcast.
Work Updates - Includes all materials approved for release to the public. This is the archive of work updates which includes all documents approved for release to the public, as well as the video streams that have been sent out.
Writers Comments - heartfelt quotes from the teams. This archive compiles a snapshot of the work from the perspective of the writing teams.
• NCCAS will be meeting in New York City from January 17–20. There will be a LIVE STREAM to the Field and Q & A Session from the NCCAS meeting on Friday, January 18 at 4pm ET.
• 1-12-12 - NCCAS will be meeting in Reston, Virginia on Monday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 24th at the headquarters of the College Board, to continue the work of framing the next generation of arts standards
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