“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, Interim Director, Arts Education Partnership.

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.