There is an arts education opportunity that the field should know about. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is a coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives that are developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, an update of the 1994 National Arts Standards. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. The arts standards emphasize “big ideas,” philosophical foundations, enduring understandings/essential questions, and anchor/performance standards, all of which are intended to guide the curriculum development and instructional practices that leads to arts literacy for all students.
The NCCAS standards writing teams have held invitational reviews of the Pre-K through 8 as well as high school draft standards in 2013. A final public review of the comprehensive draft PreK-12 standards, including model cornerstone assessments, was launched today, February 14, 2014 and will close on February 28. The current project timeline includes a release date of June, 2014, for the complete and finished standards.
To find out how to participate in the review and to view all public documents related to the arts standards, visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com/.
Laurie Baskin, director of research, policy & collective action, joined TCG in 1997 as executive assistant to the executive director. In 1999, she was named director of government and education programs and in 2013 was named director of the newly formed department of Research, Policy and Collective Action. Ms. Baskin serves as TCG’s liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance. Prior to joining TCG, Ms. Baskin served for 15 years as executive assistant to the Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, working for then-Chairman, Kitty Carlisle Hart. She attended Mount Holyoke College, earned her B.A. from Colgate University, and a degree in arts administration from Adelphi University.