NCCAS Releases Conceptual Framework


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National Core Arts Standards, A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning


This narrative document outlines the grounding philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, as articulated in the 2013 National Core Arts Standards.

Table of Contents


Foreward: Understanding and Using the Core Arts Standards.........................................................2
The Context for Arts Education
Arts standards in America
International arts standards
The standards process today


Section I: The 2013 National Core Arts Standards ............................................................................7
The National Core Arts Standards Matrix
Philosophical foundations and lifelong goals
Artistic process by each arts discipline
Enduring understandings and essential questions
Model cornerstone assessments

Section II: Establishing Principles and Informing the work.............................................................13
Foundations for Artistic Literacy
What it means to be artistically literate
Arts Success and Achievement through the Creative Practices.......................................................15
The role of the creative practices
Contextual awareness
21st century skills

Section III: Research-based Discoveries..........................................................................................19

Section IV: Concluding Thoughts: Re-imagined Core Arts Standards for America's Schools..........21


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