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February 17th, 2014, 5:30am  ::  The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is nearing completion of a new set of PreK-12 arts standards - the first revamp since 1994.

The public review period on the latest draft opened Friday, and the group is inviting public feedback until February 28. A first look at the final new standards is expected to be unveiled in San Diego at the National Art Education Association's conference in March. The final rollout is scheduled for June.

"The world has changed. The arts are so different," said Cory Wilkerson, director of communications and technology for the Coalition. He said the proposed new standards reflect technology changes and will include a new "media arts" category which includes animation, sound design and virtual design practices used in video games.

"For standards to work well," he said, "they have to be able to speak to all kinds of people who will be touched by the arts."

The other standards categories are dance, music, theater and visual arts.

The new standards will be voluntary and available for states that choose to adopt them. The 1994 standards were adopted by more than 45 states.

About 200 people from across the country have taken part in their creation. Educators from the Los Angeles Unified School District are among the California members of the writing teams.

The new standards could start making their way into classrooms as early as this fall, according to Wilkerson.

NCCAS February 14th Public Review

NCCAS February 14th Public Review http://bit.ly/1hsT2iD

The review opens on February 14, 2014. The deadline to complete your review and submit your responses is 12:01 A.M. Pacific time, March 1, 2014.

Welcome to the orientation page for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards final Public Review. This public review will be accomplished using one unique survey for each arts discipline in a three step process.

1. Download drafts

  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

  • 2. View orientation video


    Standards review Feb 2014 from Cory Wilkerson on Vimeo.


    .Access Survey using the links.

    Links to Review Surveys

  • Media Arts Review
  • Music Review
  • Theatre Review
  • Visual Arts Review


    In order to complete this review you will need to have ready draft copies of the standards, which may be viewed and downloaded using the links below or on our home page at http://nccas.wikispaces.com. Each page of standards also provides links links to other art forms, should you wish to review more than one discipline.

    Links to Standards Drafts:

  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

    After downloading drafts of the standards, please view the the NCCAS professional development module that introduces you to the revised organizational structure of the standards (Framework Matrix) and gives some background information, thereby providing a context for reviewing the work.

    Several structural changes have been made between the last review (September, 2013) and the current draft based on reviewer feedback. Even if you have reviewed prior modules, we recommend you participate in the current module to get up to speed on the changes that have been made.

    Professional Development Powerpoint

    Recommended Reading

    • Conceptual Framework
    • Framework Matrix
    • Media Arts Position Paper and FAQ

    You may want to print out these materials to refer to during your review.

    All materials and standards drafts are copyrighted by the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education on behalf of NCCAS, Copyright © 2014 State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE).


    Links to Review Surveys:
    Media Arts
    Visual Arts

    Navigating the review survey
    The review is set up in these five sections:
    Section I: Demographics Questions
    Section II: Overarching Review Questions
    Section III: Performance Standards Review Questions
    Section IV: Model Cornerstone Assessment Review Questions
    Section V: Supplemental Materials Review Questions
    Section VI: Your Final Suggestions
    Section VII: Finish and Submit

    At the bottom of each section you will find “BACK” and “NEXT” buttons to navigate through the survey. Clicking "NEXT" advances you to the next page and saves any information or responses you have typed into the survey. You may pause and save your work at anytime by clicking "NEXT" and then bookmarking the page. If you choose to save your work and return later, you will need to have cookies enabled. You will also need to return to the same computer and use the same browser to access your saved survey. Once you have completed the survey, click “DONE” to submit your responses. If you have a question about the use of the survey, please go to our support forum at www.nccas.org

    Reminder: The review opens on February 14, 2014. The deadline to complete your review and submit your responses is 12:01 A.M. Pacific time, March 1, 2014


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