“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 defining the arts as a core or academic subject. The elimination of the arts from NAEP will have a significant impact for states as they work to meet the needs of their student populations, communities and workforce; and develop strategies and curricula to support a well-rounded education for all students,” Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States.

Currently, NAEP is the only continuing accountability measure that captures a state-by-state look at student achievement in the arts in education within public and private schools. The Arts Education Partnership at Education Commission of the States is home to data that supports policymakers, education leaders and stakeholders across the country as they expand their existing efforts and create new opportunities to help ensure that every child has access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.

Read the complete Governing Board Updates NAEP Assessment Schedule Press Release here.



Commonly referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only continuing, national measure of the academic achievement of America’s public and private schools. For nearly 50 years, student performance has been measured in the following subjects: reading, math, writing, science, U.S. history, civics, economics, technology and engineering literacy, geography and the arts. The 2016 NAEP marked the fifth national assessment of both music and visual arts disciplines.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts demonstrates that creativity—the skill in high demand in our fast-paced information age—is learned and can be assessed. In addition to measuring students’ knowledge and skills in visual arts and music, the NAEP Arts Assessment also highlights how the availability of resources and opportunities in arts education may relate to student achievement.



The following organizations have collaborated on the Nation’s Arts Report Card Toolkit: Americans for the ArtsArts Education PartnershipEducational Theatre AssociationLeague of American OrchestrasNational Art Education AssociationNational Association for Music Education and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.


Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits