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ArtScan Research & Policy Briefs

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.

Download A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education (PDF)

The Arts Education Partnership is a Center within Education Commission of the States

In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education selected Education Commission of the States to serve as the new host organization for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Believing that informed policymakers create better education policy, Education Commission of the States works with state education leaders to provide unbiased policy research and reports, targeted technical support and the opportunity to learn from peers in other states. As a policy center within Education Commission of the States, AEP has a unique and powerful opportunity to work with key state leaders to advance the 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education and promote AEP’s mission to ensure every child has access to a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. 








ESSA AND THE ARTS

With states around the country beginning to implement the work outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one of AEP’s priorities is to ensure that the arts and education communities have the resources necessary to engage in the many opportunities ESSA opens up for expanding the arts in U.S. classrooms.

National organizations, research institutes and think tanks are rapidly creating ESSA policy resources to inform stakeholders and position them with the most current information. AEP is working with our partner organizations and other arts and education stakeholders to identify and share those resources with the arts education community. It is important to note that AEP’s position is nonpartisan in sharing these various resources and their implications for the arts.

Click here for a copy to share digitally or here for a printable copy.

Education Commission of the States Resources

Arts-Related Resources

General ESSA Resources

Resources by Topic

Stakeholder Engagement Resources

State Roles and Responsibilities Under ESSA

U.S. Department of Education Resources

Webinars

For resources related to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, click here.

Recommendations

Do you have a recommended resource to add here? This is an ever-growing list of resources for the ESSA and we welcome your suggestions. Please send suggested resources to Scott Jones.

ArtScan

 

 


Welcome to ArtScan! ArtScan, a project of the Arts Education Partnership, 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.

You will find not only policy language excerpted directly from each state’s education policies but also information on state-level surveys of arts education and a set of descriptive education indicators (from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics’ Digest of Education Statistics: 2012).

For the purposes of ArtScan, “state policy” refers to the system of laws and regulatory measures that pertain to the provision of arts education. Only those policies that hold the weight of law and refer to the arts explicitly are included in ArtScan.

   

How to Use ArtScan

Below are five ways to engage with the data housed in ArtScan.

State Policies

Capture a snapshot of all the data ArtScan has to offer about your state including state policies in 14 policy areas, arts education survey information (when applicable), and state-level education indicators.

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State Comparisons

Create custom side-by-side comparison reports using a search engine that allows you to choose individual states and policy areas/data points of interest to you.

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State Reports (All States)

Compare the policies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia within specific policy areas.

• Arts Education Instructional Requirements
• High School Requirements for Arts Education
• Arts Requirements for Educator Licensure
• Arts in Core Academic Subjects, Assessment, & Accreditation
• Surveys of Arts Education

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2017 ArtScan at a Glance: Connecting the States and Arts Education Policy

Explore a summary of state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Research and Policy Briefs

Learn more about ArtScan and explore an analysis of the findings in A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education (March 2014).

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ArtScan will be updated as new information becomes available. Please contact Scott Jones with questions or updates.
     
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To track the most recent policy updates:  

The ECS State Policy Database: Curriculum–Arts Education — ECS’ policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state’s fiscal support of ECS. Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included.

 

About ArtScan

Since 1999, the Arts Education Partnership has tracked state policies for arts education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2013, AEP, with the cooperation of the Education Commission of the States, merged its State Policy Database with the ECS database, ArtScan. To update the information for the 2014 edition of ArtScan, AEP staff conducted a comprehensive search of state education statutes and codes on each state’s relevant websites. The new structure for the 2014 ArtScan allows users to explore the data in multiple ways, including a state level profile for all policy areas, a comparison of selected states and policy areas, and several types of 50-state reports.

Common Core and the Arts

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a state-led initiative to ensure that students leave school with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in college and in their careers. The resulting changes to the expectations of arts educators can be profound. AEP is providing this (ever-growing) selection of resources to help AEP Partner Organizations, arts educators, school leaders, and policymakers develop a better understanding of the Common Core and what the movement means for the arts.

Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards Initiative – The home site for the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) provides a strong baseline of information for those interested in learning more about the Common Core. Selected resources from this site include:

Common Core Background and Overview 

The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose (June 2014) – A report from David Conley, Common Core State Standards Validation Committee Co-Chair, and CCSSO providing insight into the development process and purpose of the Common Core State Standards.

The Common Core FAQ (May 2014) – An FAQ on the Common Core from the National Public Radio Education Team.

CEP Common Core Research and Reports – A collection of research and reports from the Center on Education Policy covering various topics related to the Common Core. New reports are added periodically as they are released.

Critical Thinking is the Key: The Common Core Explained – A presentation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation providing an overview of the Common Core and explaining how the standards aim to improve education.

Common Core State Standards 101 (August 2013) – A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education that gives an overview of the Common Core State Standards and addressing misconceptions about them.

VIDEO: Explaining the Common Core State Standards (October 2012) – A quick three minute video providing an overview of the CCSS.

VIDEO: Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success (September 2011) – A short video from The Hunt Institute on the history and development of the CCSS.

VIDEO: Bringing the Common Core to Life (April 2011) – A presentation by David Coleman for the New York State Department of Education which provides an overview of Common Core and how it might be implemented within the classroom. Available here is the ability to stream or download the video, or download a transcript of the event.

Common Core Tools and Resources

Common Core Works – This website resource bank from the Council of the Great City Schools provides resources on common core and how the standards directly impact inner city education.

Parents’ Guides to Student Success (2013) – The Parents’ Guides to Student Success are a set of resources from the National PTA developed by teachers, parents, and education experts in response to the Common Core.

Teaching Channel Resources – A collection of Common Core resources for educators from Teaching Channel’s website.

Open Educational Resources Commons: Common Core – A resource site providing a wide range of resources for understanding and implementing the CCSS.

EduCore – A site providing a wide range of resources and information regarding the “history, adoption, concepts, and uses” of the Common Core State Standards.

Implementation

CCSS Forward – Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), this site provides resources and success stories for to assist states in the implementation of the Common Core.

Achieve the Core – Free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. Includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results.

Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments: A Workbook for State and District Leaders (March 2012) – A resource including examples and exercises designed to help those charged with implementing CCSS at both the state and local levels.

Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School Districts’ Implementation (September 2011) – A report on the Common Core from the Center on Education Policy based on a survey of school districts which indicate how the standards are viewed at the district level and many of the barriers to implementation that districts are facing.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the Common Core State Standards: Framing the Issues (2015) – This report from NAEYC considers how implementation of the common core state standards aligns with developmentally appropriate practice.

P21 Common Core Toolkit: A guide to aligning the Common Core State Standards with the framework for 21st century skills.

Assessments

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – PARCC is one of two large-scale federally funded assessment initiatives developing assessments aligned with the Common Core.

PARCC Task Prototypes and Sample Questions – Sample assessments and questions from PARCC’s website for ELA/Literacy and Math.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – Smarter Balanced Assessment is one of two large-scale federally funded assessment initiatives developing a new generation of assessments aligned with the Common Core.

A Framework for Considering the Validity of Learning Standards (2015) – This issue brief from NAEYC can be used to build curriculum, guide instructional goals, and inform assessment.

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards (April 2014) – This report from the K-12 Center at ETS serves as a guide to the Comprehensive Assessment Consortia (PARCC and Smarter Balanced).

Common Core and the Arts

Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core (December 2013) – A report based on the findings of the Theatre Communications Group’s 2012 Education Survey discussing the impact of Common Core on arts education.

Art and the Common Core (February 2013) – A PowerPoint presentation from an Education Week webinar about arts integration within the Common Core, featuring Susan M. Riley and Lynne Munson, and moderated by Erik Robelen.

The Arts and the Common Core (December 2012) – A report prepared by the College Board for NCASS on connections between the CCSS and the Next Generation Arts Standards.

Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core (November 2012) – This post by Susan Riley from Edutopia’s Education Trends blog discusses arts integration as a means to enhance the Common Core.

Guiding Principles for the Arts: Grades K-12 – Developed by David Coleman, this is a discussion on the ways in which arts education intersects with the Common Core areas.

The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project – A guide utilizing the arts in a Common Core curriculum.

Creativity, Critical Thinking, and the New Common Core State Standards (March 2012) – A symposium co-hosted by the Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Education Branch and the Museum of Contemporary Art, bringing together school leaders, teachers, and educators from arts organizations to discuss the impact of the Common Core on their work.

Instructional Resources: Arts

ArtsEdge – ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts.

Education Closet: Common Core and the Arts Resources – A collection of resources and professional development for educators on integrating the arts through the Common Core.

Teaching Channel Videos – Teaching Channel’s video library showcases innovative and effective teaching practices in the arts.

National Core Arts Standards

National Core Arts Standards – The result of the work of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), this website launched in June 2014 contains arts standards for five disciplines: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework (May 2014) – This document provides an overview of the grounding philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in the five arts disciplines.

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards – Updated regularly, the resources available on this page cover all parts of the National Core Arts Standards and the revisions over time.

Ovation Foundation Arts Ed Toolkit – The Arts Ed Toolkit from The Ovation Foundation offers free online education resources for teachers covering a wide range of the arts and aligned with the National Core Arts Standards.

ArtScan – ArtScan, AEP’s clearinghouse of state policies for arts education contains information on arts education standards in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

VIDEO: NAEA Next Generation Arts Standards 1994-2014 (March 2014) – This video from the National Art Education Association compares the new arts standards to the 1994 standards.

A Review of Selected State Arts Standards (November 2011) – Completed by the College Board and NCCAS, this document examines and compares the arts standards in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

International Arts Education Standards: A Survey of the Arts Education Standards and Practices of Fifteen Countries and Regions (August 2011) – The College Board produced this report detailing how countries across the world are developing arts standards. The report was created to help NCCAS consider international benchmarks as they revised the U.S. standards

National Standards for Arts Education (1994) – A useful tool from the Kennedy Center for exploring the national arts standards proposed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations in 1994, and accepted by 49 states.

Common Core Criticisms and Suggestions

Common Core Backlash: Track State Efforts (March 2014) – Updates on state efforts to reassess involvement in the standards and assessments. The site tracks legislation, executive orders, and other state action.

Common Core: Seven State In-Depth Reports (2013) – A series of special reports from the Hechinger Report on Common Core in seven selected states. The reports examine the extent to which the CCSS are transforming teaching and raising student achievement.

Common Sense vs. Common Core: How to Minimize the Damages of the Common Core (June 2012) – Blog post from Dr. Yung Zhao on minimizing potential negative impacts of the Common Core.

Choosing Blindly: Instructional Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, and the Common Core (April 2012) – This report from the Brookings Institution provides a recommendation that, for the Common Core to be effective, high quality instructional materials must be developed that support those standards.

Recommendations

Do you have a recommended resource to add here? This is an ever-growing list of resources for the Common Core and we welcome your suggestions. Please send suggested resources to Scott Jones.

National Arts in Education Week

In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 designating the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week. The resolution expressed congressional support for arts education:

Whereas arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

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Get the facts about the benefits of arts learning for students and teachers. Did you know that arts learning is linked to positive student outcomes such as engagement and persistence, overall academic achievement, communication and collaboration, and positive behavior, among others? Visit ArtsEdSearch.org, a first-of-its-kind clearinghouse of arts education research, to learn more about these and other benefits of arts learning for teachers and students.

Find out what is going on in your school, district, and state. What are the policies in place in your community that either support or hinder student access and participation in arts learning? You can use ArtScan, AEP’s clearinghouse of arts education policies to find out information about your state. This searchable database contains the latest information on arts education state policies and practices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Important Resources

The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for the Arts in Education (2015) This action agenda will serve as the blueprint for the collective work of the Arts Education Partnership for the next five years. By addressing the four priority areas highlighted in this agenda, the Partnership will be moving 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.

Preparing Students for the Next America (2013): AEP’s latest research bulletin 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 ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities. (Download the PDF)

What School Leaders Can do to Increase Arts Education (2011): 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 AEP with support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) offers three concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. (Download the PDF)

New Opportunities for Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age, The Wallace Foundation (2013): This report delves into “interest-driven arts learning,” that is, exploration of the arts that emerges from children’s and teens’ own creative passions. The report identifies challenges and offers suggestions for future research, practice, and policy that build on current knowledge about interest-driven arts learning to enable more youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, to participate in the arts. (Download the full report)

The President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH): In 2011, PCAH released a major report documenting the benefits and potential opportunities for the advancement of arts education. (Download the full report)

Arts Access in U.S. Schools (2009-10 FRSS): Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10, released by the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences (IES), reports on data collected on student access to arts education and the resources available for such instruction. AEP and a coalition of partners have developed a toolkit for understanding, communicating, and utilizing the Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools report. (Learn more)

Arts Access in U.S. Schools (2009-10 FRSS)

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10  is a report released by the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that reports on data collected on student access to arts education and the resources available for such instruction. The study is the third of its kind to provide national data on arts education; the first study was conducted during the 1994-5 school year, and provides baseline data on public schools’ approaches to arts education.

Background Resources

  • Download the full report plus additional supplemental data tables from IES, National Center for Education Statistics (link)
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s prepared remarks on the Report (link)
  • Two page summary of findings, prepared by IES (PDF)

Toolkit

AEP and a coalition of partners–including Americans for the Arts, Educational Theatre Association, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, NAMM, National Dance Education Organization, Quadrant Arts Education Research, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, and Theatre Communications Group–have developed a toolkit for understanding, communicating, and utilizing the Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools report.

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • FAQ (PDF)
  • PowerPoint overview of FRSS survey, findings, and call to action (PPT)
  • What you can do (PDF)

Coverage of Results

  • Video of the April 2, 2012 Public Release at Myrtilla Miner Elementary School in Washington, D.C. (link)
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Director of the Office of Research and Analysis, Sunil Iyengar’s review of the official numbers on arts education (link)
  • EdWeek coverage of report findings (PDF)
  • Huffington Post coverage of report findings (link)
  • Associated Press coverage of report findings (link)
  • American University Emerging Arts Leaders Blog (link)
  • Educational Theatre Association Blog (link)
  • Americans for the Arts Blog (link)
  • League of American Orchestras Statement (link)

 

Press Kit

Media requests for background information, interviews, photographs or expert sources can be directed to Amy Skinner, Director of Communications, at askinner@ecs.org or 303.299.3609.

 

Journalist Resources:

 

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ArtScan is an easy-to-use and searchable clearinghouse of the most current information across 14 policy areas related to K-12 arts education. AEP developed ArtScan and a new research and policy brief, A Snapshot of State Polices for Arts Education to bring transparency and clarity about state policies for arts education in America. These resources combined provide a comprehensive picture of arts education at the state level and answer questions like:

  • What are a state’s instructional requirements for the arts?
  • How many states require course credits in the arts for high school graduation?
  • Which states specify that districts assess student learning and growth in the arts?

 

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Launched in April 2012, ArtsEdSearch.org is the nation’s first online resource of high quality research focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with learning in and through the arts. It features hundreds of easy to read summaries, as well as potential policy implications of the research.

 

AEP Publications and Commentaries:

AEP is known for its clear and concise publications that make research jargon-free and accessible. AEP’s bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, explores the many ways that arts education helps prepare students for success in school, work, and life. AEP’s bulletin, What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education, provides concrete, inexpensive, and effective ways school leaders can ensure access to high quality arts education at their schools. These and other AEP publications are available for purchase or download (many for free) in the AEP publications store.

AEP National Forums:

With the goal of strengthening our nation’s public education system, the annual AEP National Forum convenes 300 of the country’s foremost leaders in arts, education, and policy sectors to discuss what works in arts education and to advance best practices and policies that help ensure a complete education for every child in America. AEP National Forum attendees include executive-level leaders from cross sectors at the federal, state and local level. They are administrators, advanced practitioners, consultants, directors and researchers engaged in and committed to improving education in and through the arts. The level of conversation is one that aids these leaders in their decision making and program development, and also informs the current and future work of their organizations. Click here for details on this year’s AEP National Forum on arts and education.

ArtsEd Digest:

The ArtsEd Digest is AEP’s free, twice-monthly online newsletter highlighting new arts and education reports, research, and job opportunities from AEP partner organizations and other stakeholders in the field. Click here to subscribe!

Arts Access in U.S. Schools (2009-10 FRSS):

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 is a report released by the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that reports on data collected on student access to arts education and the resources available for such instruction. The study is the third of its kind to provide national data on arts education; the first study was conducted during the 1994-5 school year, and provides baseline data on public schools’ approaches to arts education. Click here for more!

What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education in Their Schools:

School principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education. In a time of shrinking budgets and shifting priorities, AEP’s practical guide, which was commissioned by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, provides three recommendations for keeping the arts strong in their schools:

  • Establish a school-wide commitment to arts learning.
  • Create an arts-rich learning environment.
  • Rethink the use of time and resources.

Click here to view the publication.

Music Matters:

A world without music? One can hardly imagine such a void. Beyond the intrinsic value of music to cultures worldwide, education in music holds a key to student success according to AEP’s research bulletin, Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Succeed. Commissioned by the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, Music Matters identifies high-quality, evidence-based studies that document student learning outcomes associated with an education in and through music and provides critical evidence that music education:

  • Prepares the brain for basic and complex learning.
  • Facilitates academic achievement.
  • Develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.

Click here to view the publication.

AEP Partners:

AEP’s partner organizations are education, arts, business, cultural, government and philanthropic organizations with national scope or impact. Partners either have a wide geographic influence or provide scalable and replicable program models—vehicles for sharing and disseminating the overall AEP vision and mission. View the full list here!

Our History

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) was established in 1995 through a unique interagency agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education, an agreement that has continued unabated since that year. The founding organizations continue to provide support and promote AEP as the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students.

In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education selected Education Commission of the States to serve as the new host organization for AEP. Believing that informed policymakers create better education policy, Education Commission of the States works with state education leaders to provide unbiased policy research and reports, targeted technical support and the opportunity to learn from peers in other states. As a policy center within Education Commission of the States, AEP has a unique and powerful opportunity to work with key state leaders to advance the 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education and promote AEP’s mission to ensure every child has access to a complete and competitive education that includes the arts.

Click here to see a history of AEP milestones.