Report: Arts Education Integral to Improving Student Engagement and Achievement

Various organizations have espoused the benefits of arts education in the past several years. However, with shrinking budgets and a push to get students proficient in core subjects, the arts often lose class time and support in many schools. Now, a new report form the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH), “Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future,” says that in addition to improving test scores and fostering students’ competitiveness  in the workforce “arts education provides a critical benefit to the private sector. To effectively compete in the global economy, business leaders are increasingly looking for employees who are creative, collaborative and innovative thinkers.”

The Committee members reviewed recent research, visited schools, and interviewed education stakeholders. Based on this data, the PCAH makes five recommendations “designed to clarify the position of the arts in a comprehensive, well-rounded K-12 education that is appropriate for all students; unify and focus efforts to expand arts education offerings to underserved students and communities; and strengthen the evidence base for high quality arts education.”

  1. Build collaborations among different approaches.
  2. Develop the field of arts integration.
  3. Expand in-school opportunities for teaching artists.
  4. Utilize federal and state policies to reinforce the place of arts in K-12 education.
  5. Widen the focus of evidence gathering about arts education.

The PCAH says it is looking for public and private sector partners to help them implement their recommendations.

More information

“PCAH Releases Landmark Arts Education Study”
President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

“Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future”
President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

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