K-12 Academic Standards

Assistance with Academic Standards

Perpich team members have expertise with Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in all arts areas as well as interdisciplinary arts education. We can be instrumental in helping teachers implement the academic standards. If you have questions regarding the standards please contact Perpich Arts Outreach services.

Teacher training
Current Minnesota Standards

The current standards went into effect beginning with the 2010–2011 school year for all Minnesota students, kindergarten through 12th grade. The standards were developed by teachers, administrators and community members over two years with collaborative leadership by the Perpich Center for Arts Education and the Minnesota Department of Education. See the links to the left for more information.

National Standards for Arts Education

The national standards outline what every K-12 student should know and be able to do in the arts. The standards were developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations, through a grant administered by The National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The new national arts education standards were released in June, 2014. 

In the meantime, you can learn more about The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards by visiting the wikispace for the project.

Art Area Standards

To download Art Area Standards by grade level, click on the links below for the art area you are interested in: 


Media Arts



Visual Arts