Just like every other subject in school, the arts also have standards that we, as art teachers, use to help us plan curriculum. Each state, or almost each state, has their own set of standards. Texas follows standards called TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). The Fine Arts TEKS are currently being revised as they haven’t been revised since 1997. The world has changed a lot since then, but what is thought we should teach in art has not. It is an exciting time. These are slated to go into effect in 2015.
The National Core Arts Standards are also being revised. Currently, until March 1, art teachers can go and review the standards. http://nccas.wikispaces.com/