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Public Review of New National Arts Standards Scheduled for February 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

Public Review of New National Arts Standards Scheduled for February 2014

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is delighted to share and support the forward momentum on the creation of the new national voluntary arts education standards.

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has been working since 2010 to develop new standards in the arts that will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program. Working from the existing arts standards document created in 1994, the NCCAS has collaborated with state departments of education and national arts and education organizations to develop standards that support the 21st Century needs of students and arts educators, and to affirm the place of the arts as essential to a well-rounded education. 

"The launch of the new standards comes at an exciting time in DC's evolution as a major cultural city in the US. An important aspect of sustaining quality arts programming is to ensure that students receive arts instruction of the highest caliber and teachers have clear and specific guidance as to the skills they should be teaching in their classrooms," said Judith Terra, Chair, DCCAH.

"Moving forward, the DCCAH hopes to be able to support this initiative in the work it does with individual artists, cultural organizations, and the school systems. We encourage all of our cultural partners working with school-aged children in DC to participate in this review process," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director, DCCAH.

Review of the standards will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. A draft reading copy of the revised standards will be available at http://nccas.wikispaces.com on January 30. The February review will be the first in a series of new and significant benchmarks for NCCAS, leading to the web-based release of the standards in June, 2014.

Contact David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator for DCCAH at david.markey@dc.gov for more information regarding the new national voluntary arts education standards.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.