Document Number: 6785Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement - This publication summarizes the benefits of the arts in education and draws heavily on research from Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, published by the Arts Education Partnership in 2002. The summary addresses the importance of the arts in schools and their contribution to student achievement and success. The report touches on several issues related to arts in education, including: the role of No Child Left Behind, public support, how studying the arts enhances student's performance in other subjects and develops fundamental learning skills and capacities. For example, study of the arts can strengthen reading, language and math skills, critical thinking, social and civic development and students' motivation toward and engagement in school. (Sandra S. Ruppert, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Arts Education Partnership, March 2006)...