NCCAS will launch a public review of draft high school arts standards on September 30

September 20, 2013

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will launch a public review of the draft high school national core arts standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts beginning September 30 and ending October 21, 2013.

Everyone with an interest is welcome to participate in the public review.

The public review of the draft PreK-8 standards was completed this past summer, with more than 3,000 arts administrators, parents, educators, teaching artists, and community arts providers reviewing the work. The public is invited to a town hall style meeting and streaming live chat on October 1 that will include an update on the standards project and a summary of the data collected from the PreK-8 review.

NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards. The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and the American Alliance for Theatre in Education (AATE) are managing the writing of the theatre standards.

The new, voluntary, grade-by-grade web-based 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.

EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington urged all organization members to participate in the review of the draft standards. “We’re the leader in high school theatre education. These standards have the potential to impact how the discipline is taught for decades to come. For them to be as good as they can be, we need our teachers to offer input on the drafts. So, I’m asking all our adult members and anyone else with an interest in theatre education to take part in this review process.”

Public review of the comprehensive draft PreK-12 standards, including examples of model cornerstone assessments, will begin in January 2014, with a projected release date for the finished standards in March 2014.

To find out how to participate in the review process and to view all public documents related to the arts standards, visit the NCCAS website.