National Core Arts Standards

Illinois will aligning with the  National Core Arts Standards.  These standards were developed to align with the Common Core standards.  According to a report from the National College Board titled The Arts and the Common Core:  A Review of Connections Between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual

While a specifically arts-focused branch of the Common Core standards does not exist, and these standards are not intended to replace arts-specific benchmarks, there is evidence in the standards documents that Common Core goals and objectives are meant to apply to subjects outside of the realm of ELA and math. The introduction to the Common Core standards for English Language arts advises that the “literacy standards for grade 6 and above are predicated on teachers of ELA, history/social studies, science, and technical subjects using their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields.” (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010a) The term “technical subject” includes the arts, and it is defined by the standards as “[a] course devoted to practical study, such as engineering, technology, design, business, or other workforce-related subject; a technical aspect of a wider field of study, such as art or music.” (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010b).

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is currently spearheading the revision of the national
standards for arts education for the first time since their creation in 1994, and this presents a significant
opportunity to highlight the overlap between the Common Core’s objectives and the practices of arts-based
learning. Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform
initiatives nationwide, it is a priority of the Coalition to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Core Arts
Standards relate clearly, directly, and meaningfully to the Common Core, and that these connections are actively considered as a part of the standards writing process. In an effort to inform the work of the standards writers, College Board researchers undertook a study of the Common Core standards as they relate to arts-based


The National Core Arts Standards developers claim that extensive research has been done in support of the standards revision (ranging from international standards and to alignment to the Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts), the research phase of the work is far from complete.

In other words, art classes will align their activities with what the students are focused on in their Common Core aligned Language Arts and Mathematics classes.

To see the National Core Arts Standards go HERE.

State Superintendent Koch announces the alignment of art with the Common Core HERE.


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