National Core Arts Standards

What are the National Core Arts Standards?

National Core Arts Standards are a conceptual framework for arts learning. It outlines the philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media/visual arts, music, and theater.


Arts on the Go uses the Artistic Literacy Matrix established by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) when creating curriculum for elementary school aged dance and art classes. Students are given instructional support resources: glossaries, essential questions, organizational and critical thinking tools, cornerstone assessments of key traits for the 2nd and 5th grade level. The standards were created to define what students should “know and be able to do” at defined grade levels to the end that “all students learn to use their minds well, so that they may be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in our nation’s modern economy.”

This outcome based approach to teaching and learning in the arts emanates from four artistic processes, eleven anchor standards, and preK-12 performance standards. The four artistic processes are: Creating, Performing/presenting/producing, Responding, and Connecting. Each of these processes is broken down further to the eleven anchors. By using this formula, Arts on the Go is committed to motivating students to become artistically literate.

For detailed information on these standards or the literacy matrix, visit





Arts on the Go utilizes the eleven anchor standards in creating curriculum for dance and art classes.

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