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This strand invites you to learn about the nature of curriculum and assessment and its relevance in teaching and learning and student achievement in a variety of educational contexts.

  • What are the National Standards in Dance?
  • What do they mean to me in my situation?
  • What is curriculum?
  • Why is curriculum important?
  • What does it look like?
  • How does it work? What is assessment?
  • Why should I consider assessing?
  • What should I assess?
  • Where can I find out more about dance curriculum and dance assessment?
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curriculum & assessment links
Lesson plans and other tools
Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning
This report compiles seven major studies that provide new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when students are involved in a variety of arts experiences. Available from the Arts Education Partnership.
Comprehensive Arts Education Curriculum: Ohio’s Model Competency-Based Program
Available for download in PDF format
Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework: The Practice of Creating
Presents a philosophy of arts education, synthesizes current research, and sets learning standards for students from PreK-12. The core concept of the Arts Framework is that experience in the creative process is essential for all learners.
The National Standards for Arts Education
Developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations (National Dance Association, National Art Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, American Alliance for Theatre & Education) under the guidance of the National Committee for Standards in the Arts, the National Standards for Arts Education is a document which outlines basic arts learning outcomes integral to the comprehensive K-12 education of every American student. This site contains full text of the standards and a searchable database.
Partnership for After School Education
Newsletter issue on Arts in the Afterschool Context (PDF format)
State Arts Standards
State-by-state summaries of arts education standards and other policies

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