Projects and issues

Projects and Issues

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
NCCAS is a partnership of nine national arts and education organizations (including EdTA) that are committed to developing a next generation of voluntary, researched-based arts education standards. The new standards 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.


21st Century Arts Skills Map
The Arts Skills Map, created by the major arts education organizations, demonstrates how the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity and innovation) and nine other skills can be integrated within the daily curriculum using the arts.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESEA, most recently known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, is the federal law aimed at shortening the achievement gap in public education by providing all children with equal opportunities to high quality education. ESEA has been reauthorized every five years, but the most current version of the law expired in 2007, and is currently awaiting review by Congress. The current administration issued a blueprint for reauthorization in 2010. In the same year, EdTA participated in an Department of Education Arts Stakeholder meeting at which national organizations stated their views on the role of arts education in ESEA reauthorization.


Federal Communication Commission wireless microphone changes
In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission issued a “vacate date” prohibiting the sale and use of wireless microphones operating in the 700 MHz frequency. The FCC is currently considering qualifying wireless microphones under a set of rules that would provide for licensing and registration in a database that would monitor transmitter locations and protection from interference.


ASCD Whole Child Initiative
ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children. ASCD is joined in this effort by whole child partner organizations (including EdTA) representing the education, arts, health, policy, and community sectors.