Department of Defense Education Activity

Fine Arts Standards

DoDEA's mission to "Educate, Engage, and Empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world," includes the adoption of the National Core Art Standards (NCAS) to represent DoDEA's College and Career Ready Standards for the Arts, across three arts disciplines: Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. The DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Arts (CCRSA) provides benchmarks for all students, and will prepare our students to be best positioned for success in the global economy. As military-connected students move into and out of DoDEA, International and United States public schools, their arts education will be continuous and provide the best opportunity for sequential instruction.

The framework of the CCRSA is aligned across the arts disciplines as well as to College and Career Ready Standards for Literacy (CCRSL) and College and Career Ready Standards for Math (CCRSM). They include Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, philosophical foundations, lifelong goals, and additional support resources. They form the basis for student performance in the arts and are measurable and attainable learning events-based on artistic goals that progress across grades and levels to create a sequential progression accompanied by skill development in the application of scientific practices and concepts. Rooted in backward design, the CCRSA foundation is an outcomes-based, standards-based approach to K-12 arts education across disciplines.

The CCRSA address artistic literacy, artistic practice, related assessments, and provide guidance to track student learning while clarifying connections between the arts and 21st century skills. DoDEA's CCRSA are designed to guide fine arts educators as they help their students achieve the goal of independent arts literacy. The structure of the standards organizes outcomes by Artistic Process, thereby facilitating sequential instruction while also authentically reflecting the way arts think and work. The CCRSA are framed by artistic literacy and supported by instructional resources, including model cornerstone assessments that illustrate how literacy might be measured. The standards are based on the assumption of quality resources, including instructional time, spanning K-8 and continuing at the high school level. As with other subject areas, a commitment to quality education, equitable opportunities, and comprehensive expectations is embedded within the standards.

Click the links below to download the standards (PDF format) for students.

Introduction: DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Arts (CCRSA)

DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Arts (CCRSA) By Discipline

Fine Arts Grade Bands:

Visit NCAS Awareness to learn more about the development and implementation of the DoDEA CCRSA.

Contact Information:

DoDEA Fine Arts Instructional Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400
Phone: 571-372-6027