Need Help Aligning Your Art Curriculum To the Common Core?








The Shifts in Instruction  outline the six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards in Math & ELA and can be found on at The definition of text will vary from discipline to discipline and we know the Arts community is looking at interpreting it to include the artwork itself as well as artist’s statements, narratives, reflections, biographies, analysis of cultural and historical context, and of course art criticism or critiques. Use the attached worksheets to develop each Shift’s correlations in your classroom. We will be posting examples of what the Shifts mean in the art classroom in the near future.

Another reference to help with alignment to the Common Core is the Guiding Principles for the Arts  at This document has been developed to help responders to the Arts curriculum RFP develop curriculum and can be used by the art teacher right now.

The attached outline was developed by the College Board’s office of Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, and highlights portions of the current Common Core State Standards documents that may provide natural connections to arts-based standards and practices.

Common Core Resources at The Partnership for 21st Century Skills can be found at

The National Parent-Teacher Association has created a series of documents that spell out the Common Core expectations for each grade level. The Parent’s Guide to Student Success describes what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. This document can be used as a tool for parent-teacher discussions as well as a resource for arts curriculum mapping. To view the document, go to .


9 thoughts on “Need Help Aligning Your Art Curriculum To the Common Core?

  1. Shannon Elliott says:

    Perhaps this will help (Draft 2.7.12) S.Elliott

    The Shifts in the visual arts are understood with the following premise: Visual Art is a form of communication. The primary definition of “Text” in visual art is imagery in its most inclusive form (the art itself). Just as in other forms of communication, “Text” in art is layered, metaphoric, symbolic, and open to interpretation. (An apple is not always an apple.) Therefore, when referring to imagery as “Text” in Visual Art, we will use the term, Art (text).
    When referring to “Text” as the written word, we will use the term, “Text.”

  2. Thank you. This will be helpful to our audiences who attend our Race to the Top training sessions.

  3. mrsmatott says:

    NYSSMA already has a document aligning the CCLS shifts to Music… are we going to have anything concrete created for our members? I think we are behind the ball on this… Committee???

    • nysata says:

      There is a draft version aligning the shifts to the visual arts that should be available soon. I will ask about posting it here in draft form. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Cindy Henry says:

    Do you have any information about SED’ response (in general) and/or Dr. King’s response (specifically) to the analogy of “text” in ELA to imagery in the visual arts?

    • nysata says:

      The only response that I’m aware of is spelled out in the shifts that Shannon wrote up. You can find them in the most recent post. They have been to the SED and back with rave reviews. We’re just waiting for them to become official. Hope that helps.

  5. nunya says:

    The above article says ” Use the attached worksheets to develop each Shift’s correlations in your classroom”

    I can’t find the worksheets. Does anyone know where they are?

  6. A landscape painting using a variety of brush techniques, and developing a perspective might take a twelve-year old 2-3, even four days to complete with a great deal of critical thought and patience. While the common core and the testing that is currently being rolled out is definitely a step up, art and the arts alone ought to have a place in the core curriculum.

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