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Colorado and the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS)

National Core Arts Standards Released

On June 4, 2014 the final version of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) were released. View a frequently asked questions document about the NCAS.

As Colorado districts are in the midst of implementing the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) for the four arts areas of Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Music, and Visual Arts the department plans to follow a thoughtful and sequenced approach to reviewing the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS).

  • The department wants to appropriately balance the current work within districts in implementing the CAS in the arts areas with the interest from practitioners in reviewing and considering possible merits of the NCAS.
  • The department plans to engage arts specialists in determining a need to review the NCAS and prepare an overview of comparison to the Colorado Arts Standards. The comparison could be used to discuss with district leaders and arts practitioners the similarities, differences, strengths, and weaknesses of the two sets of standards.
  • The department will identify appropriate next steps based on these discussions. Any proposed changes to the standards would be recommended only after receiving significant support and feedback from the practitioners and with an ample timeline for implementation. Proposed changes would also include consideration of the timing alignment with the current revision timeline slated for the Colorado Arts Standards in 2018.
  • Changes to the state's standards would require action by the Colorado State Board of Education.

The NCAS and the Common Core State Standards were developed separately. Thus, NCAS are not the same as the Common Core, nor are they the same as the CAS for the arts areas. Colorado’s districts are responsible for implementing the CAS for the arts or for implementing standards that meet or exceed the expectations and requirements of the CAS.

To provide your thoughts and comments on Colorado's response to the NCAS, please complete our online survey.

For content assistance in the Arts, please contact Karol Gates.

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