28+ States Have Adopted New Arts Education Standards Since 2014

Friday, April 6, 2018

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released a new report on the status of arts standards revisions across the nation. The report, titled "The Status of Arts Standards Revisions in the United States since 2014," includes a comprehensive list of states that have revised their arts standards since the publication of the National Core Arts Standards in June, 2014. The document also includes an up-to-date status of other states that are currently working on standards revision. 
The National Core Arts Standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, were created in a transparent and inclusive process engaging over 130 arts educators as writers and 6,000 reviewers. These PreK-12 grade-by-grade standards were written to guide educators seeking to provide quality arts education for America's students, define artistic literacy, and support 21st century skills and college and career readiness. 
The report is the result of a collaborative effort by NCCAS member organizations and led by Americans for the Arts, as an outcome of the State Policy Pilot Program (SP3), where state arts education standards revisions was a key focus.  
Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts, celebrates the success: “The swift adoption of new frameworks of arts education standards in states across the nation is very promising; it shows a specific commitment from state arts and education leaders to high quality teaching and learning in the arts, and effective efforts from arts education advocates from coast to coast.” 
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is an alliance of national arts and arts education organizations dedicated to ensuring quality standards-based arts opportunities for all students. Americans for the Arts has been part of the coalition since 2013 and currently co-chairs the Advocacy and Adoption committee. Other members include the American Alliance for Theatre and Education; Educational Theatre Association; National Art Education Association; National Association for Music Education; National Dance Education Organization, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Young Audiences Arts for Learning and the NCCAS Media Arts Committee. 
The report is available in the resources section of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards interactive website; download it directly here.