Commentaries & Briefs

Occasionally, AEP takes a closer look at certain topics related to arts education policy or research, or current trends in education. These closer looks range in format from blog posts to print pieces.

A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education (March 2014)
This research and policy brief provides an overview and analysis of ArtScan — 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. (read more)

The Arts Education Partnership: Helping to Realize the Potential of the Arts for Every Child (October 2011)
This brief appeared on the Department of Education’s website as a featured blog. AEP Sr. Associate for Communications and Partnerships, Laura Johnson explains how AEP is helping to harness the potential of every child to be creative individuals. (read more)

Arts Education Blog Forum on Research (August 2011)
AEP Director Sandra Ruppert answers the question: How does the report from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Reinvesting in Arts Education, help to inform the public debate on arts education? (read more)

Creativity, Innovation and Arts Learning: Preparing All Students for Success in a Global Economy (February 2010)
Creativity and innovation are on everyone’s minds these days. Read the latest from AEP Director Sandra Ruppert on some key questions and concrete solutions for how creativity can be resourced and channeled for student and economic success. (read more)

The Arts Education Effect: Why Schools with Arts Programs do Better at Narrowing Achievement Gaps (September, 2009)
Originally published online at Education Week, The Arts Education Effect examines America’s dropout crisis and the arts’ role in closing the achievement gap. (read more)

No Subject Left Behind: A Guide to Arts Education Opportunities in the 2001 NCLB Act (2004)
This publication provides an overview to programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). (read more)