One of the overriding themes in this literature is the connection / correlation of visual arts and visual literacy to literacy, inquiry, and comprehension skills (Coleman, 2012). Coleman outlines seven guiding principles that are intended to guide the planning and writing of art curriculum and its supporting materials. As one of the authors of the Common Core State Standards, he correlates these guiding principles for the arts with key aspects of Core Standards in Literacy and other areas of study.
Another big idea is that NCAS guide student learning through and across all the arts content areas as well as throughout age levels of growth and achievement. NCAS provide a philosophy, framework, and foundation for student growth and learning that has breadth AND depth, preparing learners with lifelong skills. The conceptual framework of NCAS is built upon this grounding philosophy and centered around student learning and achievement (Conceptual Framework, 2014).
Coleman, D. (2012). Guiding principles for the art. New York, NY: NAEA.
NCCAS. (2014). National core arts standards: A conceptual framework for arts learning. New York, NY: NAEA.