• The North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) defines the appropriate content standards for each grade or proficiency level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. These standards define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each school year or course.

    The NC State Board of Education policy, SCOS-012, requires that each content area’s standards be reviewed every five-to-seven years to ensure the NCSCOS consists of clear, relevant standards and objectives.

    Link to NCDPI's Arts Education Website

    Link to NCDPI's Arts Education Standards, Unpacking Documents, Glossary and Crosswalks

    Link to National Core Arts Standards


    North Carolina's Vision for Comprehensive Arts Education

    In today's globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity are essential for all school children. High quality, standards-based instruction in the arts develops these skills and effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students for graduation and success in an entrepreneurial economy. Dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, taught by licensed arts educators and integrated throughout the curriculum, are critical to North Carolina's 21st century education. (Senate Bill 66: Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force, 2010)

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    Arts Education Standards Revision Information

    2023 - 2024 Standards Status Overview

    The roadmap below is an overview of various content areas and the status of their standards work for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Resources for each content area are linked on the NCDPI Standard Course of Study webpage.

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    2022 - 2027 ArtEducation Standards Revision Timeline

    The following are projected time frames and subject to change.

    Review Phase: 2022 - 2023

    • Surveys for individual stakeholders and for local Public School Units (PSU) teams
    • Regional focus groups
    • Interviews
    • Research about policies, legislation, best practices, other standards, educational research, and trends from business/industry
    • Data Review Committee (DRC)
    • State Board of Education (SBE) approval to move to Revision

    Revision Phase: 2023 - 2024

    • Standards Writing Team (SWT)Note: Individuals cannot serve on both the DRC and the SWT.
    • SWT creates Draft 1 of new standards and Standard-by-Standard surveys used for feedback
    • DRC compiles feedback for SWT
    • SWT creates Draft 2 and general feedback survey used for input
    • DRC compiles feedback for SWT
    • SWT creates Draft 3 to present to SBE for discussion and approval

    Installation Phase: 2024 - 2025

    • New standards provided to all stakeholders
    • NCDPI prepares statewide professional development
    • PSUs develop plans for rollout of new standards in local curriculum

    Initial Implementation Phase: 2025 - 2026

    • New standards used in all K-12 classrooms
    • PSU rollout of local training and curriculum writing
    • NCDPI facilitates statewide training with materials and support documents for new standards

    Full Implementation Phase: 2026 - 2027 and beyond

    • Professional development at state and local levels expanded and shared with lessons learned
    • NCDPI and PSUs collaborate to identify and address needs
    • Annual needs assessment survey deployed to collect data on implementation and future needs