Arts Education Partnership Research Papers

ArtScan at a Glance
AEP’s latest research and policy brief provides an overview and analysis of the findings from ArtScan. ArtScan is a searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The brief reports findings in several key policy areas and helps to bring transparency and clarity about state policies for arts education in America.

Arts Integration Frameworks, Research & Practice: A Literature Review
This literature review includes an historical overview, definitions and theoretical frameworks for arts integration, research and evaluation studies, methods and practices for each of the art forms.



Beyond the Core: Advancing student success through the arts
This Education Trends report explores research on how the arts bolster the development of deeper learning skills, provides examples of programs that successfully increased access to the arts in education in public schools, and includes state- and local-level policy considerations.



Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning 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.




Creating Quality Integrated and Interdisciplinary Arts Programs
A report from a 2002 AEP National Forum examining the many forms of arts integration, various perspectives on the practice, and its value to student learning.




Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
A response 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.



Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
Summary and discussion of 62 research studies examining how arts learning affects students’ social and academic skills.




Envisioning Arts Assessment
A guide to help design large-scale arts assessment decisions, this publication also provides informational support and activities to be used as both a practical tool and reference.



ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts
This special report highlights the ways that states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Designed to continue growing as ESSA implementation proceeds, this report currently contains chapters exploring the opportunities for arts education within the following topics: Accountability, Assessments, Stakeholder Engagement, State Plans, Tiers of Evidence, Title I and a Well-Rounded Education.’


From Anecdote to Evidence: Assessing the Status and Condition of Arts Education at the State Level
A research and policy brief discussing various approaches and methodologies for conducting statewide arts education based on examples in Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington.



Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Education
A report from an October 2000 meeting in which 32 school districts from 19 states discussed the current status of arts education in their districts.




Learning Partnerships: Improving Learning in Schools with Arts Partners in the Community
This report presents how successful arts education partnerships impact school policy and practices. It addresses key principles of effectiveness and key questions for developing partnerships.



Making a Case for the Arts: How & Why the Arts are Critical to Student Achievement & Better Schools
The benefits of arts education for teachers, students and communities as discussed in the AEP publications Third Space and Critical Links.



Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed
Beyond the intrinsic value of music to cultures worldwide, education in music has benefits for young people that transcend the musical domain. In this bulletin, AEP reviewed an extensive body of research to identify high­-quality, evidence-­based studies that document student learning outcomes associated with an education in and through music. Music Matters shows conclusively that: music education equips students to learn; music education facilitates student academic achievement; and music education develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.

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Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education
AEP’s latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP’s, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.
A limited number of hard copies of this publication are available. To purchase, please contact Cassandra Quillen at

Quiet Art
Quiet Art tells the story of little Wilda who uses art to try to communicate with the noisy, impatient world around her. With help from her Grandma Gert, Wilda must learn to express herself and use the power of her own imagination. This book is a product of Irv’s Storytime, an organization that brings people together to share, illustrate, and produce collaborative stories. In 2012, Irv’s Storytime partnered with Foster The Future, the charity initiative of Grammy­ nominated band Foster The People, to create this collaborative book using illustrations from the band’s fans across the country. To purchase a copy of Quiet Art, please click here.

Strengthening State­-Level Arts Education Partnerships
This report summarizes an April 2000 meeting convened by AEP with arts education consultants from state departments of education. Discussion includes why partnerships fail and criteria for success.



Teaching Partnerships: National Forum Report on Partnerships Improving Teaching on the Arts
A look at exemplary collaborations between higher education, public education systems, and arts and cultural organizations to determine the best policies and actions for quality teaching of the arts.



The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform
The Ford Foundation’s Integrating the Arts and Education Reform Initiative grantees describe practices for building community partnerships that integrate the arts into urban education systems.



The Arts and Education: New Opportunities for Research
This report proposes opportunities for future research on the arts and education based on a survey of the significant body of research in the field.




The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education
The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education serves as the blueprint for the collective work of AEP for the next five years. By addressing the four priority areas highlighted in this 2020 Action Agenda, AEP will move toward the goal that, by the year 2020, every young person in America, at every grade level, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and out-of-school time.

What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education
As the top building-­level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high­-quality arts education as part of a complete education. This brochure­ length guide, prepared by the AEP with support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities offers three concrete actions— supported by low­-cost or no-­cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools.


Why Your Child Needs the Arts Advantage and How You Can Gain It
This brochure highlights the findings of the two-­year study, Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education.




Working Partnerships: Professional Development of the Arts Teaching Workforce
This report of the AEP Task Force on Higher Education identifies and documents promising practices for engaging schools, higher education institutions and arts communities in partnerships that support the development of the arts teaching workforce.



Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections
This booklet provides guiding principles and recommendations to support the development of arts­based early childhood programs and resources.




You Want to Be A Part of Everything: The Arts, Community, and Learning
Report of the Arts Education Partnership Task Force on Higher Education




1) A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

2) Students with high arts participation and low socioeconomic status have a 4 percent dropout rate—five times lower than their low socioeconomic status peers.

3) Students who take four years of arts and music classes average almost 100 points higher on their SAT scores than students who take only one-half year or less.

4) Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

5) 72 percent of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.

6) 93 percent of Americans believe that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education.

7) The arts are recognized as a core academic subject under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and 48 states have adopted standards for learning in the arts.

8) Two-thirds of public school teachers believe that the arts are getting crowded out of the school day.

9) 97 percent of elementary schools nationwide don’t offer dance and 96 percent don’t offer theater.

10) In 2008, African-American and Hispanic students had less than half of the access to arts education than their White peers.

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