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    GRADE 8

     State of Arizona

    Arizona Department of Education

     Updated 1.19.09


    GRADE 8


The Arts Standard 2006 Grade 8

    Comprehensive Health Education/Physical Activity Standards 1997 Essentials (Grades 4-8)

    Foreign and Native Language Standards 1997 Essentials (Grades 4-8)

    Reading Standard Articulated by Grade Level 2003 Grade 8

    Writing Standard Articulated by Grade Level 2004 Grade 8

    Language Arts Standards 1996 Essentials (Grades 4-8)

     Standard 3: Listening and Speaking

     Standard 4: Viewing and Presenting

    Mathematics Standard Articulated by Grade Level 2008 Grade 8

    Science Standard Articulated by Grade Level 2004 Grade 8

    Social Studies Standard Articulated by Grade Level 2006 Grade 8

Technology Standards 2000 Essentials (Grades 4-8)

    Workplace Skills Standards 1997 Essentials (Grades 4-8)

Additional information about the Arizona Academic Standards including glossaries of

    terms may be found at

The Arts Standard 2006

Grade 8



Philosophy and Rationale for the Arts

    The arts are essential in education for they provide students with the means to think, feel, and

    understand the world around them in ways unique and distinct from other academic disciplines.

    These skills have been recognized as essential to lifelong success both in and out of school by

    a variety of education and civic leaders, including the National Association of State Boards of

    Education, the Education Commission of the States, the Arts Education Partnership, and


Arts Education in Arizona

    Arizona has recognized the importance of arts education for its students in a variety of ways,


    ? Requiring music and visual arts be taught in grades K-8

    ? Creating high quality certifications (endorsements) for teachers in the areas of dance,

    music, theatre and visual arts

    ? Requiring a fine arts high school credit for admission to our state’s universities

    ? Adopting Academic Standards in the Arts, with rigorous, sequential guidelines for creating

    quality arts education for Arizona’s students.

    Arts Standards Articulation for Middle and High Schools ? The Arts Standards are divided into four discipline areas: dance, music, theatre and visual


    ? The Arts Standards (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts) are articulated by skill level,

    reflecting the variety of ways in which the arts are taught in Arizona schools. The skill levels

    are: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Distinction (Honors). ? In Music, the skill levels are tied to performing ensembles, broken down by Band, Choral

    and Strings/Orchestra. In addition, there are grade level general music standards available

    for grades 7 and 8.

    ? Instead of guessing at the skill level of your student artists, the Department encourages you

    to view the arts standards in their entirety at and choose the appropriate skill

    level for your students. For guidance on appropriate skill level “fit” please call the Arts

    Education Specialist at 602-364-1534.

Additional Resources for Arts Education

    Additional resources on arts education can be accessed at or

    by calling the Department’s Arts Education Specialist at 602-364-1534.

     Approved 6.26.06

Comprehensive Health Education/

Physical Activity Standards 1997

Essentials (Grades 4-8)

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