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Opportunities for STEAM Education Through ESSA and Perkins V

This one-page Policy Outline provides a brief overview of ways in which states and districts can use ESSA and Perkins V funds to support STEAM education.


Using State Data Systems to Report Information on Arts Education

This Special Report — drawing on insights from a technical working group of experts in arts education, state data systems and state policy — offers guidance on key arts education metrics many states could track by using data they already collect.


Preparing Students for Learning, Work and Life Through STEAM Education

This Policy Brief shares insights from a recent Thinkers Meeting that looked beyond existing state policies and explored new pathways to guide future practice, research and policy work to support access to STEAM education for all students.


The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP)

2024 NAEP ARTS ASSESSMENT UPDATE “To date, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted early childhood, elementary and secondary content or performance standards for any and all disciplines of arts education, with 32 of these states d...


Resource Library: 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 opp...

School Choice

Resource Library: The Arts and Schools of Choice

School choice can offer students new arts education opportunities and innovative pathways to explore their creativity. Within this new research focus area, AEP seeks to answer key questions about the relationships between the arts and school choic...


The Arts in Schools of Choice

This Policy Brief highlights how states currently address schools of choice within policy, including those that intersect with arts education, and explores further opportunities to engage the arts in statewide policies and practices.

Student Success & Outcomes

Visual Arts Matter

The Arts Education Partnership reviewed multiple research studies identified within ArtsEdSearch — a national clearinghouse of rigorous arts education research — to better understand the role visual arts play in student success. This resource ex...


Resource Library: STEAM

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education creates new opportunities for schools, districts and states to offer innovative learning experiences that allow students to think critically and creatively and solve real-world prob...


Policy Considerations for STEAM Education

This Policy Brief highlights state policies and practices — including access efforts, federal and state funding and statewide coordination — that can help states to advance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education and in...


ArtScan at a Glance

This summary is updated annually to reflect changes in legislation concerning the arts in education. It includes arts education policies for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. Complete results from this review are available in an onli...


Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape

This report explores education policy areas where arts in education leaders and stakeholders can expand opportunities to engage the arts in policy solutions and includes examples of how states are currently using the arts in education to support...


Creative Youth Development: Transforming the Learning Environment

This Education Trends report explores the design and impact of CYD programs — including examples of successful programs across the country — and provides policy considerations for states looking for ways to narrow the achievement gap and support...

Teachers & Leaders

What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education

As building-­level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives high-quality and equitable arts learning as part of a well-rounded education. Building on the first release of What School Leaders Can Do to Increas...

Student Success & Outcomes

Music Matters

Building on the first release of Music Matters in 2011, the Arts Education Partnership reviewed multiple research studies identified within ArtsEdSearch — the national clearinghouse of rigorous arts education research — to explore the importance...

Arts Integration

Preparing Educators and School Leaders for Effective Arts Integration

This Education Trends report explores successful practices for arts integration, with a focus on educator and school leader professional development and provides an overview of research that highlights the impact of instructor preparation and pr...


Beyond the Core: Advancing Student Success Through the Arts

This Education Trends report explores research on how the arts bolster the development of deeper learning skills, provides examples of programs that successfully increased access to the arts in education in public schools, and includes state- an...


ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts

This Special Report highlights the ways that states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Designed to continue growing as ESSA implementation proceeds, this report currently contains chapters ex...

Student Success & Outcomes

The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda

Released in March 2015, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education sets forth an ambitious plan for achieving the Action Agenda’s five-year aspirational goal: By the year 2020 every young ...

Common Core

Resource Library: 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 ca...

Student Success & Outcomes

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education

AEP’s latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the live...


Art Access in U.S. Schools (FRSS)

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 da...

Arts Integration

The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform

The Ford Foundation’s Integrating the Arts and Education Reform Initiative grantees describe practices for building community partnerships that integrate the arts into urban education systems.  

Arts Integration

Arts Integration Frameworks, Research & Practice: A Literature Review

This literature review includes a historical overview, definitions and theoretical frameworks for arts integration, research and evaluation studies, methods and practices for each of the art forms.    

Teachers & Leaders

Working Partnerships: Professional Development of the Arts Teaching Workforce

This report of the AEP Task Force on Higher Education identifies and documents promising practices for engaging schools, higher education institutions and arts communities in partnerships that support the development of the arts teaching workforc...


From Anecdote to Evidence: Assessing the Status and Condition of Arts Education at the State Level

A research and policy brief discussing various approaches and methodologies for conducting statewide arts education based on examples in Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington.  

Student Success & Outcomes

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

A response to the needs of policymakers, educators, parents and advocates for fact-­based, non­-technical language documenting the most current and compelling research on the value of arts learning.

Student Success & Outcomes

Making a Case for the Arts: How & Why the Arts are Critical to Student Achievement & Better Schools

The benefits of arts education for teachers, students and communities as discussed in the AEP publications Third Space and Critical Links.

Student Success & Outcomes

The Arts and Education: New Opportunities for Research

This report proposes opportunities for future research on the arts and education based on a survey of the significant body of research in the field.  

Teachers & Leaders

You Want to Be A Part of Everything: The Arts, Community, and Learning

Report of the Arts Education Partnership Task Force on Higher Education  

Arts Integration

Creating Quality Integrated and Interdisciplinary Arts Programs

A report from a 2002 AEP National Forum examining the many forms of arts integration, various perspectives on the practice, and its value to student learning.


Envisioning Arts Assessment

A guide to help design large-scale arts assessment decisions, this publication also provides informational support and activities to be used as both a practical tool and reference.  

Student Success & Outcomes

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development

Summary and discussion of 62 research studies examining how arts learning affects students’ social and academic skills.  

Teachers & Leaders

Teaching Partnerships: National Forum Report on Partnerships Improving Teaching on the Arts

A look at exemplary collaborations between higher education, public education systems, and arts and cultural organizations to determine the best policies and actions for quality teaching of the arts.

Teachers & Leaders

Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Education

A report from an October 2000 meeting in which 32 school districts from 19 states discussed the current status of arts education in their districts.  

Teachers & Leaders

Strengthening State-Level Arts Education Partnerships

This report summarizes an April 2000 meeting convened by AEP with arts education consultants from state departments of education. Discussion includes why partnerships fail and criteria for success.  

Student Success & Outcomes

Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning

This report compiles seven major studies that provide new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when students are involved in a variety of arts experiences.    

Teachers & Leaders

Learning Partnerships: Improving Learning in Schools with Arts Partners in the Community

This report presents how successful arts education partnerships impact school policy and practices. It addresses key principles of effectiveness and key questions for developing partnerships.  

Student Success & Outcomes

Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections

This booklet provides guiding principles and recommendations to support the development of arts­based early childhood programs and resources.