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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), a group of national arts and education organization and media arts representatives, has been hard at work reviewing and overhauling the national arts standards. The group is committed to public input and transparency throughout the process. The review of pK-8 standards this summer drew over 3000 educators and other stakeholders. Finally, the 9-12 review is up and running through October 21st.
According to the NCCAS, the revised standards are meant 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 participate in the review process and join in the national dialog visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com/. Are you a middle school or elementary educator who missed out on the review this summer? No worries! A comprehensive final public review of the pK-12 draft will begin in January 2014. NCCAS has projected a March 2014 release date for finished standards. We actually grabbed the drafts put out from the summer review to share with you if you want to take a peek by downloading the PDF’s below in each area.
AOE plans to monitor and cover the implementation and rolling out of these standards very closely, and provide answers to any questions you might have – so stay turned as the year progresses. We know change can be confusing. We’ve got your back!
Did you have a chance to review the Middle School or Elementary standards?
What is the buzz in your school and state about these standards?