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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 […]
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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 […]
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Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value the Arts (1999)

This is the first national study to look at arts education on the school district level. The study’s central finding from the educators who were interviewed is that “the single most critical factor in sustaining arts education in their schools is the active involvement of influential segments of the community in shaping and implementing the […]
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From Anecdote to Evidence: Assessing the Status and Condition of Arts Education at the State Level

Without solid evidence about the status and condition of arts education in the nation’s public schools, it is difficult to make a convincing case for the arts. This research and policy brief draws on the experiences Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington researchers had conducting statewide arts education research and reviews their various […]
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Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development (2002)

This Compendium summarizes and discusses 62 research studies that examine the effects of arts learning on students social and academic skills. Link: http://orders.balmar.com/aep/entrance.asp?CompanyID=55&TSearch=AEP-018
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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 […]
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Choices, Changes, and Challenges: Curriculum and Instruction in the NCLB Era, 2007

This report from the Center on Education Policy examines the amount of time spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how that allocation of time across subjects has changed since school year 2001-02 when NCLB was enacted. The report finds that approximately 62% of school districts increased the amount of time spent […]
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Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning (1999)

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning (1999) This report compiles seven major studies that provide new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when students are involved in a variety of arts experiences. Link to PDF: http://www.aep-arts.org/files/publications/ChampsReport.pdf
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Arts Survive

This three year national study investigated why some arts education partnerships between schools and professional artists and/or cultural institutions survive and others do not. It worked to provide a greater understanding of what survival means to arts education partnerships, as well as determining what is essential to build and sustain them. Link: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/Research/ArtsSv.htm
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Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Art Centers in Education

From The Dana Foundation Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Art Centers in Education This 168-page publication, provides the first study of K-12 education programs offered by performing arts centers nationwide. It showcases how 74 large and small performing art center institutions partner with their local schools. Link: http://www.dana.org
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    • ArtsEd Washington Presents PAL Success at National Title I Conference

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      2014: At the National Title I Conference in San Diego in early February, ArtsEd Washington presented on using the arts to improve student and school success with a panel of principals who used ArtsEd Washington’s Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program to transform their own Title I schools. The Title I program aims to bridge the achievement gap between low-income students and other students by providing supplemental federal funding to underachieving schools to meet the needs of at-risk students.

      Three principals shared their experiences working with the PAL program in Title I schools including Tracye Ferguson (formerly of Franklin Elementary and now Director of Title I/Early Learning for Tacoma Public Schools), Alan Matsumoto (Garfield Elementary in Yakima), and Farah Thaxton (formerly of Madrona K-8 in Seattle). ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden moderated the panel as they offered their leadership perspective and insights on how arts learning and specifically the PAL program has helped them improve their schools and can impact students and schools statewide. The session was introduced with pride by Gayle Pauley, Title I Director of Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

      “Integrating arts education strategies in reading, mathematics, and the sciences is having a positive impact on the achievement of students who are struggling academically. Title I, Part A programs are demonstrating how this integration has a positive impact on student achievement,” said Pauley. “I am a musician myself and know first-hand the impact arts education has on student success.”

      Like many other schools across Washington State, Garfield, Madrona, and Franklin have used the PAL program to grow their arts capacities, impacting overall academic success, school culture, and student/family engagement. The panel shared their experiences in building effective arts plans, visions, and real world tactics to turn their schools into vibrant, successful places for their students to engage and learn. The session also covered tangible strategies to advance this instructional change and demonstrated a simple infrastructure for team-building, vision development, and planning for student success.

      “Including the arts in the school day improves student engagement, academic achievement, attendance, graduation rates, and overall success,” commented McAlinden. “The fact that our session was chosen for this national conference demonstrates the growing understanding among education leaders that the arts are a path to both student and school success.”

      The goal of the PAL program is to empower schools to create the fundamental systemic change that will ensure that the arts play a vital role in a complete education for all students, now and for years to come. PAL trains principals, as instructional leaders in all areas of curriculum, to expand their own capacities in arts leadership, to develop arts teams, visions, and plans, and to implement concrete strategies to integrate and sustain arts instruction for every student in every school.

      Thaxton’s experience at Madrona K-8, where more than three quarters of the students fall below the poverty line, demonstrated the remarkable impact of arts learning.  Citing more confident, engaged, and perseverant students at Madrona (which had limited arts offerings before she began work with the PAL program), Thaxton observes that the climate and culture of the school were transformed by the arts. She also sings the praises of the professional development she received through the program.

      Notes Thaxton, “It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal. PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.”

      ArtsEd Washington is currently in the process of revamping the PAL program to be implemented at a district-wide level instead of the slower school-by-school approach. As part of the Creative Advantage, Seattle Public Schools has just begun implementation of PAL in its Central Pathway and will continue rollout to the whole district over the next few years.

      For more information, call 206-441-4501 or email office@artsedwashington.org