About the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is a partnership of organizations and states who will lead the revision of the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) plans to release initial drafts of national voluntary arts education standards in spring 2013 for review. The standards will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program. NCCAS is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary arts education standards that will build on the foundation created by the 1994 document, 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.


NCCAS will make the creation of the new arts standards an inclusive process, with input from a broad range of arts educators and decision-makers. The revised standards will be grounded in arts education best practice drawn from the United States and abroad, as well as a comprehensive review of developmental research.


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership


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)
Young Audiences