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A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education - The Arts Education Partnership recently launched an update of the 2005 ECS 50-state database on arts education policies--covering: • Arts Education Instructional Requirements • High School Requirements for Arts Education • Arts Requirements for Educator Licensure • Arts in Core Academic Subjects, Assessment, & Accreditation. For further access to the full database, use this link: http://www.aep-arts.org/research-policy/artscan/ For the summary document (includes 50-state tables), click on the link above, A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education. (Arts Education Partnership, March 2014)...

Access to High School Arts Education: Why Student Participation Matters as Much as Course Availability - While the value of arts education is widely acknowledged, little is known about access to arts education. Researchers developed indices to identify high schools rich in the arts, and found they didn't necessarily have high rates of participation. They recommend any examination of access to arts education should consider both course availability and student engagement. Policymakers can use their indices to assess the current state of arts education in their states. (M. Kathleen Thomas et al., Education Policy Analysis Archives, November 2013)...

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education - The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) created ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation's first clearinghouse of research concerning ways the arts prepare students for success in school, work and life. In school, research indicates the arts boost literacy and English language arts, and students who study the arts, especially music, do better on math assessments. (AEP, April 2013)...

Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts- State of the Field and Recommendations - This study examines current trends, promising techniques, and successful practices being used to assess K-12 student learning in the arts nationwide. The study also identifies potential areas in which arts assessment could be improved, ultimately increasing student academic achievement. (ART WORKS.arts.gov, WestEd, January 2012)...

Arts Education In Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 - This study examines many of the same issues from two previous studies, including the extent to which students received instruction in the arts; the facilities and resources available for arts education instruction; and the preparation, work environments, and instructional practices of music and visual arts specialists and non-arts classroom teachers. This study also addresses emerging issues such as the availability of curriculum-based arts education activities outside of regular school hours and the presence of school-community partnerships in the arts. In addition, the current study provides broader coverage of arts education instructors by including two new surveys for secondary music and visual arts specialists. (National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, April, 2012)...

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies - This report examines arts-related variables from four large data sets -- three maintained by the U.S. Department of Education and one by the Department of Labor -- to understand the relationship between arts engagement and positive academic and social outcomes in children and young adults of low socioeconomic status (SES). The analyses show that achievement gaps between high- and low-SES groups appear to be mitigated for children and young adults who have arts-rich backgrounds. (National Endowment for the Arts, March 2012)...

Artistic Production Processes as Venues for Positive Youth Development - The positive youth development model focuses on the idea that when given adequate resources, young people acquire and put to use constructive capacities that allow them to make a positive contribution to the civic realm. Viewing adolescence as a time of promise as opposed to a time of risk has the potential to remake the way we understand the nature of development and our role as researchers and educators in supporting the development of young people. (Erica Halverson, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, February 2010)...

Access to Arts Education: Inclusion of Additional Questions in Education's Planned Resarch Would Help Explain Why Instruction Time Has Decreased for Some Students - The national picture indicates that the vast majority of schools have found a way to preserve their arts education program. However, a somewhat different picture emerges for some schools identified as needing improvement under NCLB. Appendix III, a state-by-state breakdown of arts education requirements and funding, and Appendix IV, listing additional studies on arts education are particularly helpful. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, February 2009)...

Governor's Commission on the Arts in Education:Findings and Recommendations PDF - Findings and recommendations from the Governor's Commission on the Arts in Education. (July 2006)...

ArtsEdge - The National Standards for the Arts Education, developed in 1994, can be accessed through the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge Web site. The standards describe what a child with a complete, sequential education in the arts should know and be able to do at various grade levels in each artistic discipline. The 1997 National Assessment for Educational Progress was developed in coordination with these national standards....

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning - Seven research teams examined a broad spectrum of education programs to determine what the arts change about the learning experience along with why and how the arts impact the learning experience. This compilation summarizes their studies and findings, which include: 1) learning about and through the arts can help “level the playing field” for students from disadvantaged backgrounds; and 2) students with high levels of arts participation outperform “arts-poor” students. The authors conclude by discussing the relevance of their studies for policy and practice in the education system. (Edited by Edward B. Fiske. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Arts Education Partnership, 1999)...


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