Common Core State Standards

“The great news is that the standards call on so many things
the arts do well. The tradition of careful observation,
attention to evidence and artists’ choices, the love of taking
an artist’s work seriously lies at the heart of these standards. “

– David Coleman, CCSS architect,
president, College Board
ARTSblog, 17 September 2013

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, led by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), established a single set of educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.

Common Core Standards are:

  • Aligned with expectations for college and career success
  • Clear, so that educators and parents know what they need to do to help students learn
  • Consistent across all states, so that students are not taught to a lower standard just because of where they live
  • Include both content and the application of knowledge through high-order skills
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards and standards of top-performing nations
  • Realistic, for effective use in the classroom
  • Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society
  • Evidence and research-based criteria have been set by states, through their national organizations CCSSO and the NGA Center.

Common Core Links:

A video on Common Core Standards

A PowerPoint on Art and the Common Core

“Arts Education Seen as Common-Core Partner”