N AT I O N A L
VISUAL ARTS STANDARDS
MOV I N G F O RWA R D
Answers to your questions and
opportunities to learn more!
National Coalition for CORE ARTS Standards
THE DEVELOPMENT of the next
generation of voluntary National Visual Arts Standards
is underway. Following public review of the draft PreK-8
standards (Summer 2013) and High School standards
(December 2013-January 2014), the release of the next
generation of arts standards is planned for Spring 2014.
NAEA is among a number of governing organizations of
the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS)
and leads the development of the visual arts standards
through the visual arts writing team.
Find out more at the project wiki site
The Framework Matrix and the Conceptual
Framework for the National Arts Standards
The Framework Matrix provides a visual understanding of
the structure of the new standards.
Connection to the Common Core
The College Board prepared a research paper entitled,
The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections
Between the Common Core State Standards and the National
Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework.
WHAT will the next generation
of Standards look like?
HOW will they be different from
the 1994 Standards?
Development of the Standards in keeping
with the broader educational context:
The context of “big ideas” positions the standards
within a complete framework that also includes
Philosophical Foundations, Lifelong Goals, Enduring
Understandings, Essential Questions, and Model
Grade Level Standards: The standards will
cover grades PreK through 8 by individual grade
levels, rather than by grade bands. High school
standards will be prepared in three levels:
proficient, accomplished, and advanced. Anchor
Standards for each of the components of the
processes of Creating, Presenting, and Responding
provide the essence of the individual Performance
Standards developed for each grade level and the
three high school levels.
The Processes of Creating, Presenting, and
Responding: The standards are organized around
the artistic processes of Creating, Presenting, and
Responding, reflecting the use of these terms
within the NAEP Arts Assessment. However,
Presenting is being used by visual arts, whereas
Performing is used by dance, theater, and music,
and Producing is used by media arts.
Uniformity Across all of the Arts Disciplines:
The development of the new arts standards reflects the
oversight and collaboration among all of the key
stakeholders, including a conceptual framework and
matrix that is uniform across all of the arts disciplines,
while reflecting the specific qualities and
characteristics of each arts discipline. The 1994
Standards do not provide this level of uniformity with
the primary consistency reflected in publishing all of
the four disciplines (visual art, music, dance, and
theater) in one publication.
Model Cornerstone Assessments:
The development of the new standards is actually a
two-part process. As standards are developed, model
cornerstone assessments will be incorporated into the
work in order to provide examples of how the arts
standards can be assessed. They will provide examples
of student assessments by grade band, supporting a
clear understanding that there are a variety of ways to
construct authentic assessments for the new standards.
The addition of Media Arts Standards: The new
standards include media arts, as an arts discipline in
education to recognize and ensure aesthetic
knowledge and understanding.
More Standards than in the 1994 Standards:
With the development of the new standards organized
around the processes of Creating, Presenting, and
Responding, there are many more standards than
before. As standards are updated across subject areas,
there are many more standards than in the past for the
Common Core of mathematics and English/language
arts, as well as the arts. While there will be more
Standards, they will be written for easy application to
classroom art instruction.
DEEPEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE!
2014 NAEA National Convention
Fusing Innovative Teaching
& Emerging Technologies
March 29-31 | San Diego, CA
Attend the 2014 NAEA National Convention
Pre-Convention Learning Institute exploring
the new National Visual Arts Standards!
What YOU need to know about the New Core
Standards for Visual and Media Arts
March 28, 2014
• Learn about the new Standards framework using Enduring
Understandings and Essential Questions
• See how the Visual Arts Standards and the all new media arts
standards interface to support student learning and your
• Identify essential strategies for using the standards to help all
• Unpack the standards to optimize instructional practices that
support the transfer of knowledge and skills called for in the
Common Core standards
• Deepen your knowledge about cornerstone assessments
• Explore instructional and assessment strategies that prepare
students for college and careers
Register, book accommodations, and see details
at www.arteducators.org or call 800-299-8321
+Don’t miss the Visual Arts Standards
Super Session on March 30th featuring
artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Laurence Gartel!
National Coalition for CORE ARTS Standards
NCCAS was formed for the purpose of creating
updated Core Arts Standards. Coalition Leadership
and Partnership members are:
• American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
• Americans for the Arts
• Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
• The College Board
• The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
• The National Association for Music Education
(NAfME, formerly MENC)
• National Art Education Association (NAEA)
• National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
• National Media Arts Representatives
• State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education
• Young Audiences
National Art Education Association
w w w. a r te d u c ato r s. o rg
Founded in 1947, The National Art Education Association (NAEA)
is the leading professional membership organization exclusively
for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle
and high school visual arts educators, college and university
professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists,
administrators and supervisors, and art museum educators, as
well as more than 45,000 students who are members of the
National Art Honor Society or are university students preparing to
be art educators.
NAEA’s mission is to advance visual arts education to fulfill human
potential and promote global understanding.