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NCCAS Launches Assessment Pilot Project

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Oct 08, 2014

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has issued a call for elementary and middle school teachers to help pilot the Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) during the 2014-2015 school year. The Model Cornerstone Assessments are rich performance-based assessment examples at the benchmark grades of 2, 5, and 8. The MCAs were designed in conjunction with the new voluntary grade-by-grade Core Arts Standards released by NCCAS in June. Pilot sites will be selected from a range of rural, suburban, and urban classroom settings across the nation. Elementary and middle school arts educators interested in helping to pilot these sample assessments in dance, media arts, music, theatre, or visual arts are encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday October 15, 2014. Applicants must complete an online application form available here and forward a résumé or CV, along with a signed letter of permission from your principal or school administrator. NCCAS will contact chosen applicants and announce selected pilot sites by November 21, 2014.
Selected educators will receive training and guidance on how to pilot the MCA assessments in their class(es); select student work generated as a result of their assessment experiences; and upload the assessments into a designated website for review by NCCAS leadership.
The Model Cornerstone Assessment pilot project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. NCCAS will do a second pilot project in high schools during 2015-16.

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