The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is an alliance of national arts and arts education organizations dedicated to ensuring quality standards-based arts opportunities for all students. Members include the American Alliance for Theatre in Education; Americans for the Arts; Educational Theatre Association; National Art Education Association; National Association for Music Education; National Dance Education Organization; NCCAS Media Arts Committee; and Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

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Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project launches in 2015
sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Please go here for documentation of the Elementary MCA Pilot process
Please go here for documentation of the High School MCA Pilot process

NCCAS Leadership Organizations

Americans for the Arts

American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)

Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)

The College Board

National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC)

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

State Education Agency for Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)

Media Arts Committee of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

Young Audiences

and also our partners at Lincoln Center Education

NCCAS Writing Teams