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National Standards for Arts Education

National Standards for Arts Education

The National Standards for Arts Education includes expectations for K-12 dance, drama/theater, music and visual arts education in the United States. Teachers, policymakers, and students all need explicit statements of the results expected from an arts education, not only for pedagogical reasons, but to be able to allocate instructional resources and to provide a basis for assessing student achievement and progress. The sequence for presenting the Standards is by grade level: Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, and Grades 9-12. Individual standards should be understood as a statement of what students should know and be able to do. They may, of course, acquire the competency at any time within the specified period, but they will be expected to have acquired it before they move on.
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Teacher Education Editorial Board
16 years ago
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Cris Guenter
Cris Guenter (Faculty)
17 years ago
The National Standards for Arts Education have been posted online by ArtsEdge at
the Kennedy Center, In fact, ArtsEdge has posted all of the national Standards
at their site, if you are looking for them. The National Arts Standards site
is used regularly by my student teachers, graduate students, and the public
school teachers with whom I work. This site is clear and organized. A Table of
Contents, a Preface with Defining Terms, and Introduction (which I often use
with my students to help them understand the rationale for arts education and
national standards), and the actual standards themselves are all here. The
Introduction portion also has a section on Context and Issues that addresses
nine big topics such as Standards Incorporate Cultural Diversity and the
Standards Provide a Foundation for Student Assessment. The information is very
accessible and easy to locate.