High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project launches in 2016

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has completed the selection of schools and teachers for the High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project. The project is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) for high school , a component of the new National Core Arts Standards, were created by the five NCCAS arts discipline writing teams at the three high school levels (proficient, accomplished, advanced) to demonstrate the type of standards-based evidence needed to show student achievement. The pilot project will begin the process of field testing the high school MCAs in February of 2016. Piloting sites were chosen after a rigorous application process during an all call to the field which began in late summer 2015. Approximately 10 to 15 pilot sites were chosen for each discipline. The professional arts service organizations and members of the NCCAS Media Arts leadership committee made the choices based on a careful review of applicants, with the goal of creating a diverse cross section of urban, suburban, and rural schools from across the nation. Student work will be collected and benchmarked during the summer for archiving on the NCCAS website. Individuals and organizations interested in the project can follow the work or obtain more details here as it unfolds.

2015 Model Cornerstone Pilot Sites Represent the Following States

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and the Department of Defense.

RegionallyNew England -16%Mid Atlantic - 16%Southern - 23%Mid Western & Middle America - 24%Western - 14%Pacific - 7%

Type of ClassroomRural - 16%Small Village - 9%Suburban - 41%Urban - 34%

We gratefully acknowledge our piloting teachers