Arizona Arts Education Research Institute
The Arizona Arts Education Research Institute (AAERI)
Arizona Arts Education Census
Engaging Students, Supporting Schools, Accessing Arts Education:
Highlights from the Arizona Arts Education Census Project
In the spring of 2009, Quadrant Arts Education Research, on behalf of the Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, began to study the level of arts education in Arizona public schools.
Arizona K-12 public school principals were invited to participate in a survey about arts education in their schools. 409 school principals, representing 236,645 students, participated by reporting on their schools curriculum, instruction, funding and factors that contribute to the delivery of arts education. The census results represent 22% of all enrolled students from urban, suburban, rural and charter schools.
A Note on the Benefits of Arts Education
A tremendous body of research documents the many benefits arts education provides to all students including: improved academic achievement, greater leadership and social skills, enhanced critical thinking and sharper problem solving skills.
Why is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does the study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success?
These and other important questions are addressed in a booklet published by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement responds to the needs of policymakers, educators, parents and advocates for fact-based, non-technical language documenting the most current and compelling research on the value of arts learning experiences.
Critical Evidence updates and expands on the case made for arts education in NASAA’s earlier collaboration with the Arts in Education Partnership, Eloquent Evidence: Arts at the Core of Learning, originally published in 1995.
For more information about the impact of arts education on student achievement and other studies like this one, visit the following websites:
Arts Education Partnership: http://www.aep-arts.org/
Arizona Department of Education: http://www.azed.gov/asd/arts
Arizona Commission on the Arts: http://www.azarts.gov/
Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts: http://www.azcitizensforthearts.org/