New Releases

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education (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, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities. (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 the 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. (PDF)


Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed (2011): 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, the Arts Education Partnership (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. (PDF)


ArtsEdSearch: Fulfilling a vision for offering the highest quality arts education research in the 21st century, ArtsEdSearch is the nation’s first research and policy database focused entirely on student and educator outcomes and the implications for policy based on existing research. (Read more)

2012 State Policy Database Updates: Updates tracking the latest information (2012) on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts. Though federal education policy identifies the arts as a core academic subject, access to high quality arts education is generally determined at the state level through statues or codes. (Read more)

Rubric for Improving Evaluation and Annual Performance Reports (2011): The U.S. Department of Education, through its Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) Program, contracted with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) to help improve the evaluations (Annual Performance Reports-APR) of projects funded under the PDAE program. As a key deliverable of this project, AEP developed a tool—the Annual Progress Report (APR) Scoring Rubric—to help the Department evaluate the usefulness of the APRs in communicating the progress, contributions, and value of the PDAE Program. Additionally, the rubric is designed in such a way that it may be applied to other grant programs at the Department of Education, such as the Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) program.

  • Annual Performance Report Scoring Rubric (PDF)
  • Glossary of Terms (PDF)