The following research presents hard facts and thoughtful reporting around arts education issues.

Improving Arts Education Partnerships

This research found that joint-venture partnerships can yield many benefits but are less common than simple-transaction partnerships in which schools typically select prepared programs without a needs assessment. Transaction relationships have fewer benefits, but can be improved in many ways. Link: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9058

High Quality Music Education Raises Test Scores

According to this study published in the Journal for Research in Music Education, students in high-quality school music education programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs.  This is the first study ever to examine the quality of school music programs as a contributing factor for test

Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts

During the past decade, arts advocates have relied on an instrumental approach to the benefits of the arts in arguing for support of the arts. This research brief evaluates these arguments and asserts that a new approach is needed that offers a more comprehensive view of how the arts create private and public value, underscores

Condition of Education 2007

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released its 2007 annual report on the condition of education in the U.S. "The Condition of Education 2007" includes 48 indicators in five major areas: participation in education, learner outcomes, student effort and educational progress, elementary and secondary education contexts, postsecondary education contexts It also