Resource Library: Arts Education

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: NCES, 2012

Data aimed at capturing the availability and characteristics, provision of professional development, teacher participation in professional development, teaching load, integration of core course materials, and use of formal methods for each type of art identified are presented by art form. Art forms included are music, visual arts, dance and drama/theatre. 




The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: National Endowment for the Arts, 2012

Researchers found that engagement in the arts through elementary school improved eighth grade performance and that arts engaged students were more likely to enroll in a four year college and were three times more likely to complete a bachelors program. 





Increasing Arts Demand Through Better Arts Learning: Wallace, 2009

After reviewing many different avenues of increasing arts education opportunities for students, researchers found that community partnerships are often the most successful route. First though, communities must increase demand for art education through grassroots initiatives. The report includes case studies of cities who have successfully done so and have developed networks of art education partners. 



NAEP in the Arts Report: The Nation's Report Card, 2009

The federal government introduced standardized tests in 1972 for music, and 1975 for visual arts to measure student’s performance in the arts. This report examines eighth grade students’ ability to correctly identify and describe different components of an artwork (visual or musical and create art). 





Staying in School-Arts Education and NYC: Center for Arts Education, 2009

How New York City Public Schools has used arts education to help dampen drop-out rates. Other positive effects include decreased delinquency and drug use, increased self-esteem, and improved peer and adult relations. Inequalities of access to the arts in New York City is also explored.