Review of Evidence: Arts Education Research Through the Lens of the Every Student Succeeds Act

Review of Evidence: Arts Education Research Through the Lens of the Every Student Succeeds Act

A report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation from the American Institutes for Research highlights dozens of approaches to arts education that could qualify for federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act that state educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools can use to implement programs for pre-K-12 students. The report, Review of Evidence: Arts Education Research Through the Lens of the Every Student Succeeds Act (93 pages, PDF), found eighty-eight studies of arts courses, instructional materials, professional development, supports for English learners, extended-learning-time programs, and broader efforts that provide evidence or theory- or research-based rationale that they improve student outcomes — including fifty studies about music education and nineteen about visual arts education. According to the analysis, the average effect found in the twenty well-designed studies examined was moderate and statistically significant, indicating that an average child would gain 15 percentile points in a relevant student outcome (i.e., academic achievement, art learning, social-emotional learning, and process abilities) as a result of participating in an arts education intervention.