This is one of three case studies that describe how leaders and communities in states used education data to improve access and participation in arts education. Arts education stakeholders, policymakers and data analysts in each state identified, analyzed and reported on arts education data that were buried in their state education data systems. Their work allowed state and local decisionmakers to see and address gaps in access to arts education that had once been invisible.

  • States collect useful data on arts education, even if they don’t report on it. (To review what data your state collects, see SDIP’s 50-State Comparison: Arts Education Data and Reporting.)
  • Partnerships advance the work of arts education data. State government, nonprofits, arts organizations, educators, parent groups and local organizations can all have a role to play.
  • Arts organizations often need research partners that can do the work of data analysis. 
  • Setting benchmarks for success — like universal access to arts education — can help arts education data initiatives focus on the data they need.
  • Communities need data at the district and school levels to identify and address local gaps in access and participation.

These case studies are products of the State Data Infrastructure Project for Arts Education, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Education Commission of the States to create tools and technical assistance that help states extract, analyze and report on data about education in the arts. The other case studies focus on New Jersey and Texas:

Getting to 100 Percent: How NJ Used Data-Driven Strategies to Achieve Universal Access to Arts Education
Mapping the Arts: TX Uses Data to Spotlight Disparities and Drive Equal Access to Arts Education

 PUBLISHED: July 31, 2020





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