The arts can turn around low performing schools

Arts-centered school reform initiatives can engage students and teachers, improve school climate and culture, and connect schools to families and communities. These initiatives foster higher levels of student achievement as evidenced by scores on statewide, standardized tests. One longitudinal evaluation revealed that arts integration provides advantages to students (in arts learning and cognitive, personal,  and social development) while not detracting from more traditional indicators of student success such as achievement on state standardized tests. The research finds that arts education can also have a salutary effect on teaching, renewing the excitement that teachers feel for their profession and preventing the teacher burnout that is endemic to low-performing schools. Arts partnerships often provide additional resources to schools that have inadequate funding or that lack access to the cultural advantages of more affluent schools, providing additional leverage in areas of high need such as inner city urban and rural schools (read more).