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National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

  
NEXT GENERATION NATIONAL VISUAL ARTS STANDARDS

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Final Public Review of Draft National Core Arts Standards in the Arts Posted from February 14-28
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The downloadable Excel spreadsheets include eleven overarching anchor standards that align with all disciplines’ (dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts ) performance standards. The review will also feature instructional support materials, such as sample Model Cornerstone Assessments, incorporating Process Components and Understanding by Design elements. The review opens February 14, 2014, and closes February 28, at http://nccas.wikispaces.com.

Draft Copies of the revised voluntary National Core Arts Standards are now online


Final public review of NCCAS standards will launch in February
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. A draft reading copy of the revised standards will be available at http://nccas.wikispaces.com on January 30.

This third and concluding review reflects NCCAS’s ongoing commitment to a responsive and transparent strategy that allows adequate time for each arts discipline’s standards writing team to incorporate changes to the drafts suggested by reviewers. To fully address the standards content and structural changes, the coalition has revised the project’s timeline. The February review is the first in a series of new and significant benchmarks for NCCAS, leading to the web-based release of the standards in June, 2014.

Currently, the writing teams are creating a set of overarching anchor standards that articulate an alignment of artistic practice among the five art forms. Upon completion of that process, the teams will review their individual discipline standards to ensure that they are appropriately parallel with the anchor standards. The teams are also finalizing examples of model cornerstone assessments to include in the February draft review.

There will be a rolling “first-glance” version of the final standards available beginning in March. This document will showcase the fundamental structure and content of the arts standards in order to give teachers, decision makers, and the public a better understanding of what will be included and how they will inform teaching and learning.

NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives that are developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. The arts standards emphasize “big ideas,” philosophical foundations, enduring understandings/essential questions, and anchor/performance standards, all of which are intended to guide the curriculum development and instructional practices that leads to arts literacy for all students.

To find out how to participate in the February review process and to view all public documents related to the arts standards, visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com.

Public Review of Draft National Core Arts Standards for High School: September 30 through October 21, 2013. The public review of the draft of the National Core Arts Standards, including visual arts, will take place from September 30 through October 21. Please go to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Wikisite for the link to the draft and information about how to participate in the public review process. Reviewers are welcome to review the drafts in visual arts, dance, media arts, music, and theater. Go to http://NCCAS.wikispaces.com
 
NCCAS Town Hall Meeting on the National Standards for Arts Education. National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be convening a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 5 pm - 6 pm EST to discuss the standards revision project. The event is being hosted by Americans for the Arts.
 
Tune in using Adobe Connect to view the visual presentation: http://artsusa.adobeconnect.com/artsed/ And dial the following line to listen in: 712-432-3066, code 584096# - See more at: http://www.arteducators.org/news/news#sthash.Efyd0cLG.dpuf
Public Review of Draft National Core Arts Standards for High School: September 30 through October 21, 2013. The public review of the draft of the National Core Arts Standards, including visual arts, will take place from September 30 through October 21. Please go to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Wikisite for the link to the draft and information about how to participate in the public review process. Reviewers are welcome to review the drafts in visual arts, dance, media arts, music, and theater. Go to http://NCCAS.wikispaces.com
 
NCCAS Town Hall Meeting on the National Standards for Arts Education. National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be convening a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 5 pm - 6 pm EST to discuss the standards revision project. The event is being hosted by Americans for the Arts.
 
Tune in using Adobe Connect to view the visual presentation: http://artsusa.adobeconnect.com/artsed/ And dial the following line to listen in: 712-432-3066, code 584096# - See more at: http://www.arteducators.org/news/news#sthash.Efyd0cLG.dpuf
Public Review of Draft National Core Arts Standards for High School: September 30 through October 21, 2013. The public review of the draft of the National Core Arts Standards, including visual arts, will take place from September 30 through October 21. Please go to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Wikisite for the link to the draft and information about how to participate in the public review process. Reviewers are welcome to review the drafts in visual arts, dance, media arts, music, and theater. Go to http://NCCAS.wikispaces.com
 
NCCAS Town Hall Meeting on the National Standards for Arts Education. National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be convening a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 5 pm - 6 pm EST to discuss the standards revision project. The event is being hosted by Americans for the Arts.
 
Tune in using Adobe Connect to view the visual presentation: http://artsusa.adobeconnect.com/artsed/ And dial the following line to listen in: 712-432-3066, code 584096# - See more at: http://cms.arteducators.org/news/news#sthash.px1clX5P.dpuf
 
 

New coalition will lead the revision of the National Standards for Arts Education

On June 9, 2011, a newly formed partnership of organizations and states will lead the revision the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education.

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) plans to complete its work and release new, national voluntary arts education standards in fall, 2012. The standards will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program.

The current National Standards for Arts Education have been adopted or adapted by forty-nine state departments of education, and have become the benchmark document by which K-12 arts learning is measured in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Curriculum designers, teacher training programs, funders, and federal and state policy makers have relied on the 1994 national arts standards to help guide their decision-making.

NCCAS is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary arts education standards that will build on the foundation created by the 1994 document, 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.

Membership is the coalition was formalized and a strategy framework developed following a February meeting at the New York City headquarters of the College Board. NCCAS governing organizations are:
• American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
• Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
• Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
• The College Board
• The National Association for Music Education (NAFME)
• National Art Education Association (NAEA)
• National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
• State Education Agency for Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)

The College Board gathering of the coalition was the culmination of a state-led organizing process that began in May, 2010, at a meeting convened by SEADAE in Washington, D.C. and attended by the above groups, eighteen state departments of education, and eight other national arts and education organizations. In the past year, state directors of arts education and the NCCAS partners have held a series of web-based meetings designed to help refine the needs, expectations, and timeline in the arts standards rewrite process.

A recent SEADAE survey of arts education directors in forty-three state departments of education indicated that nineteen of the states planning revision of their arts standards in the next two years are willing to postpone that process until the new national arts education standards are complete so as to inform their efforts.

NCCAS will make the creation of the new arts standards an inclusive process, with input from a broad range of arts educators and decision-makers. The revised standards will be grounded in arts education best practice drawn from the United States and abroad, as well as a comprehensive review of developmental research.

The College Board is currently gathering and organizing childhood and higher education data—including international standards research, a child development and the arts literature review, a 21st-century skills gap analysis, and a review of college-level arts standards—with the expectation that this process will be completed by mid summer.

In creating the next generation of core arts standards, the primary goal of NCCAS is to help classroom educators better implement and assess standards-based arts instruction in their schools. Toward that goal, the revised arts standards will address 21st-century skills, guide the preparation of next-generation of arts educators, and embrace new technology, pedagogy, and changing modes of learning.

To take full advantage of today’s digital information tools, the new arts standards will exist in an online “evergreen” format, allowing for periodic, scheduled reviews and updates, and wiki-environments where student work, lesson plans, and new research can be posted to support standards-based teaching and learning.

An NCCAS committee has begun work on a report that will summarize the current status of arts education in America; the status of arts education standards in the states; the context of arts education in a well-rounded education; and an analysis of the needs for the next generation of arts standards. The report will be made public in late summer or early fall.

NCCAS’s current timeline includes the creation of discipline writing teams in November, 2011, which will be followed by a six-month period of writing, review, and revision draft work.

Jonathan Katz, CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), expressed strong enthusiasm for NCCAS’s arts standards revision plan: “Designing standards takes broad and deep knowledge of subject matter, an informed understanding of the kind of guidance educators need, and creative imagining of which competencies will best prepare students for the future challenges they will face. All students learn using some combination of the arts, numeracy and literacy. The resource for learning that this group, representing teachers of the arts and arts education policy makers, is in a position to provide is tremendously important.”

Virginia M. Barry, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, also stated her support for revision of the art standards. “I’m very encouraged that NCCAS has taken the first steps towards re-imagining the arts standards for our students and teachers,” she said. “When you have rich and clearly defined standards, you create expectations and can begin the process of articulating measurable learning in arts education. The arts are truly special—dance, music, visual art, and theatre give students a voice they might not otherwise have and integrate new technology in ways that truly engages and energizes learners. New Hampshire believes that all students should have access to a well-balanced curriculum that supports whole-person development—arts are critical to a sense of competence, through discipline, dedication, diligence and commitment.”

 

PRESS RELEASES

4-8-14 - Media arts standards introduced at the National Association for Art Education Conference

2-14-14 - Final public review of NCCAS arts standards underway

12-19-13 - Final public review of NCCAS standards will launch in February

9-15-13 - NCCAS will launch a public review of draft high school arts standards on September 30

9-11-13 - Thank you for participating in the July review of PreK-8 grade standards

9-9-13 - Americans for the Arts Joins National Coalition Revising the National Standards for Arts Education

Americans for the Arts Joins National Coalition Revising the National Standards for Arts Education. - See more at: http://www.arteducators.org/news/news#sthash.VbhDqM4s.dpuf
Americans for the Arts Joins National Coalition Revising the National Standards for Arts Education. - See more at: http://cms.arteducators.org/news/news#sthash.e5DZlTid.dpuf

8-26-13 - NCCAS seeks Technical Editor to edit the National Core Arts Standards. Deadline to apply: 9/19

6-26-13 - NCCAS launches public review of PreK-8 draft arts standards June 30

6-17-13 - National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grant to NCCAS for Convening National Artist Advisory Council during August 2013 National Standards Meeting

2-15-13 - College Board releases a new study on Common Core and Arts Standards alignment

1-14-13 - National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Releases Guiding Framework Document

10-16-12 - National Coalition for Core Arts Standards releases media arts position paper and work updates

10-1-12 - Core Arts Standards Update, Wednesday, October 3, 3pm ET. Join the discussion STREAMING LIVE

6-12-12 - National Coalition for Core Arts Standards writing teams will meet

3-19-12 - NCCAS adds media arts writing team to Next Generation Arts Standards Project

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

12-16-11 - NCCAS selects writing teams for the next generation of arts standards project 

10-6-11 - NCCAS Launches Standards Writer Application Process, Hires Project Director, and Names Writing Team Chairs

8-26-11 - The College Board releases two research reports to support next generation of National Standards for Arts Education

6-9-11 - New coalition will lead the revision of the National Standards for Arts Education

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