A Review of Selected State Arts Standards
Prepared by the College Board for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
November, 2011
State and Media Arts Standards PDF



November 2011The College BoardOffice of Academic Initiatives45 Columbus AvenueNew York, NY 10023National Coalition for Core Arts Standards800-587-6814Prepared by:
Christine Cassidy, The College Board, New York
Amy Charleroy, The College Board, New York
Mark Dzula, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Ardina Greco, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Access to this publication is available at advocacy.collegeboard.org/preparation-access/arts-core
Individuals are encouraged to cite this report and its contents. In doing so, please include the following attribution:
The College Board, A Review of Selected State Arts Standards, New York, NY, November 2011.


Introduction
This report has been prepared with the primary purpose of informing the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) in their revision of the National Standards for Arts Education. This document is divided into three separate but related sections, aimed at examining different aspects of current arts education standards in the United States:

The first is a review of recently-revised arts education standards of eight states and districts within the United States. This review includes the standards of all arts disciplines – dance, music, theatre, and visual arts – and examines their overall structure and organization, as well as the content and philosophies guiding the standards.

In recognition of a growing national trend, NCCAS has recognized the need for national standards in the discipline of media arts. The second portion of this report presents an examination of the media arts standards of four U.S. states or districts, seeking to identify commonalities and differences in the ways media arts are defined, and the benchmarks of student progress that have been established in this discipline.

The members of NCCAS have additionally expressed an interest in examining possible links between the National Standards for Arts Education and the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math. The final portion of this document offers an overview of potential connections between these two sets of standards.