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Public Review of Draft High School Common Core Arts Standards

Public Review of Draft High School Common Core Arts Standards

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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), a coalition of national arts and education organizations, has been working diligently to develop the Core Arts Standards in theatre, dance, media arts, music, and visual arts, scheduled for release next year.

The process has been very open and transparent with periodic posting of drafts with requests for public input. As we draw closer to the release date, the NCCAS has put out a request for feedback from the arts education and education communities for the recent draft of the standards. Please visit in order to complete the survey process between September 30 and October 21, 2013.

What do you think of the standards? Did you visit the site and provide feedback? How easy was that to do? Will your state implement these standards?

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@creativityassoc's picture
Director, Education Division, Creativity & Associates

From the NCCAS website:
Town Hall Sessions- Your Questions Answered Live

Tuesday October 1, 2013
In coordination with Americans for the Arts, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards will update the field in a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. EST to discuss the standards revision project.

Tune in using Adobe Connect to view the visual presentation:
And dial the following line to listen in and ask questions: 712-432-3066, code 584096#

As America's education system moves toward increased accountability measures, it is imperative that the arts have current standards as well as assessment and evaluation models that can inform best practice for teaching and learning. Join this town hall to learn more about the progress of the arts standards and their anticipated launch in 2014. To register to join the session email

Becky Fisher's picture
Becky Fisher
Education Consultant

This is obviously a very difficult topic to discuss. As a former arts educator, I'm not sure how excited I am about embracing standards for the arts. However, if developed by the right people, they may be helpful or useful. I think as arts educators we sometimes feel like we constantly have to prove ourselves. Why the arts are relevant, why they should continue to have funding, how do we assess creativity and the artistic process? Perhaps having standards for the arts will change this feeling of being siloed. Perhaps not.

What does everyone think? It's a touchy subject but one that needs to be discussed. I'm not even sure what I think yet...

Thanks for starting this conversation Joan. It's an important one!

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