June 9, 2016

Contact: Cory Wilkerson
Tel: 800-587-6814


Educators selected to adjudicate student work in
the High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has selected teams of educators to adjudicate student work collected in the second phase of the Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project. The Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are rich examples of performance-based assessments in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts that were created by NCCAS writing teams in conjunction with the 2014 National Core Arts Standards.
The project, partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to help teachers identify types of evidence that demonstrate student achievement aligned to targeted performance standards. In the project’s first phase, more than 200 teachers piloted the tasks suggested in the grades 2, 5, and 8 assessments with their students during the 2014-15 school year. Phase two repeated the process, with teachers piloting the high school tasks at the proficient, accomplished, and advanced levels with their students.
Twenty-two educators were chosen from the over eighty applications received by NCCAS to score the work collected in the high school pilot. Educators were chosen based on the strength of their application, credentials, and experience in one or more of the five arts disciplines. Additionally, as part of the selection process, the professional arts service organizations and members of the NCCAS media arts leadership committee considered how to best create a diverse cross section of urban, suburban, and rural schools from across the nation.
In mid-June, the 22 selected educators will begin professional development training in benchmarking procedures developed during the first phase of the pilot. Student work will be scored and benchmarked at each high school level using a rigorous process of adjudication designed to increase inter-rater reliability. The final adjudicated student work will be archived on the National Core Arts Standards website at
Individuals and organizations interested in the project can follow the work or obtain more details on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards wiki at

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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

We hope you caught the Launch event on June 4, 2014 - if you did not, please use the links below to access materials and archival copies.
Please click here to access the PowerPoints from the Launch webinar.

Leadership OrganizationsAmericans for the ArtsAmerican Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)The College BoardNational 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 StandardsYoung Audiencesand also our partners at Lincoln Center Education

NCCAS Writing Teams

Dance - Media Arts - Music - Theatre - Visual Arts **
click on any point on the map for more details