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 National Core Arts Standards. To view all public documents relating to the National Core Arts Standards go to http://nccas.wikispaces.com.
CONTENTS
CONTENTS
Foreword: Understanding and Using the Core Arts Standards.................2
The Context for Arts Education
Education in the United States
Arts standards in America
International arts standards
The standards process today

Section I: The National Core Arts Standards…………………………….......8
The National Core Arts Standards Matrix
Philosophical foundations and lifelong goals
Artistic process by each arts discipline
Process components, anchor standards and performance standards
Enduring understandings and essential questions
Model cornerstone assessments

Section II: Establishing Principles and Informing the Work..…………...17
Foundations for Artistic Literacy
What it means to be artistically literate

Arts Success and Achievement through Creative Practices..…………………..…….18
The role of creative practices
Contextual awareness
21st century skills

Section III: Research-based Discoveries..…………………..………………….23
Section IV: Concluding Thoughts: Re-imagined Core Arts Standards
for America’s Schools..…………………………………………….………..……...25

Appendix A: High School Proficiency Levels………………………….……..26