The Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts: Ages 5-18 serve as a guide for dance teachers, artists, administrators, and students for the benchmark years of 4th grade (9-10 years), 8th grade (13-14 years), and 12th grade (17-18 years). They outline what students should know and be able to do in the art of dance in the arts-making processes of Performing, Creating, Responding, and Interconnecting dance to life and other disciplines.
The standards are outlined in the benchmark ages, arranged in a progressive chart, listed in a rubric for assessment purposes, and written in reading levels of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders so that students can use the standards for their own learning and development. For more information, see How the Standards are Organized.
The Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts: Ages 5-18 are founded on fundamental beliefs regarding the role dance can and should play in the education of youth ages 5-18. These standards uphold the vision that all youths have a right to enjoy quality dance education taught by a qualified dance educator in a graduated and sequential curriculum and that they will receive numerous benefits from doing so. To learn more about the beliefs that shaped these standards, select the Philosophy.
In August 2011, The College Board produced a report for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) as a resource to understand the manner in which the 1994 Standards for Arts Education aligned with the thirteen skills outlined in the 21st Century Skills Map released by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. In coordination with the other arts of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, it reviewed the standards for dance included in the 1994 document to provide an informed resource to aid in the development of a new generation of Core Arts Standards. NDEO analyzed our 2005 Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts to the 21st Century Skills. The goal is to learn where the standards share similarities with the 21st Century Skills and where ideas diverge. To read the full introduction to the gap analysis, click here. To download (NDEO members) or purchase (non-members) the full gap analysis, click here.
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