Study: NDI students have higher scores, better fitness levels

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Wellness > NMSBA test ranked fourth through seventh graders

Despite New Mexico’s low rankings among the states when it comes to child well-being and education, studies have shown that children who participate in after school programs offered by the National Dance Institute of New Mexico have markedly higher reading, math and science scores along with displaying better physical fitness and eating habits than their peers.
Based on New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) test score data for 4th through 7th grade students who participated in NDI New Mexico Advanced Training programs, those students had scores that ranged between 10 to 27 points higher than their peers in reading, math and science.
The studies were conducted by the RMC Research Corporation (2005–2011) and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research (2011 to present), who NDI New Mexico contracts with to conduct independent, scientific evaluations of its programs. Data was collected from almost 31,000 students, more than 300 parents, 51 NDI New Mexico instructors, and more than 1,600 teachers and school administrators.
“The arts have a unique power to motivate children by teaching them discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves which will carry over into all aspects of their lives,” said NDI New Mexico Executive Director Russell Baker.

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