With intuitive controls and myriad visualization options, the Arts Education Data Explorer allows users to venture deep into the state's arts education data, exploring statewide geographic comparisons, county-/district-/school-level reporting, discipline specific access and enrollment information, and trends in enrollment over time, to name a few. This year's dashboard update also includes expanded granular detail of Arts Enrollment by demographic, including ELL, FRLP, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and SPED.
Prepared by Quadrant Research, the Arts Education Data Project includes school enrollment data that has been self-reported by schools across the state, both traditional public and charter schools, for grades PK-12. Self-reported data is compared with the annual October 1 Data Collection to ensure accuracy of reporting. This data validation was applied to the 2018/2019, 2019/2020, and 2020/2021 data, which is displayed on the dashboard.
Please note: The data used for the Arizona Arts Education Data Project were self-reported by districts and LEAs, therefore it may not reflect a complete account of student enrollment or access.
Explore the Online Interactive Dashboard to learn more about who has access and who enrolls in arts education courses in Arizona Schools. General Instructions and Information About the ArtsEducation Data Dashboard can be found on the Instructions and Info page of the Dashboard.
The Arizona Arts Education Data Project is a collaborative partnership between the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona Commision on the Arts, and the Arizona Citizens for the Arts.
This year's dashboard update also includes expanded granular detail of Arts Enrollment by demographic, including ELL, FRLP, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and SPED.
Key Findings from the Arizona Arts Education Executive Summary for 2020-2021
89% of students had access to at least 1 arts discipline
66% of students had access to the state-required 2 arts disciplines
60% of students participated in arts courses
10.5% of students did not have access to any arts instructions (an improvement from the year prior's rate of 11.6%)
The Arts Education Data Project is a report by the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which offers insights into arts course access and participation rates in Arizona schools. Quadrant Research prepared the report which features analysis of all available school enrollment data self-reported through the Arizona Department of Education’s AZEDS system by schools across the state, both traditional public schools and charter, grades K through 12 for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.
Among the findings:
As of 2020 only 76% of K-8 students had access to two artistic disciplines as required in state statute.
Arts course participation declined from 71% participation in 2018-2019 to 67% in 2019-2020.
Students with out access to arts education increased from 8.6% in 2018-2019 to 11.3% in 2019-2020.
Download the Full Executive Summary, or explore the Online Interactive Dashboard to learn more about who has access and who enrolls in arts education courses in Arizona Schools. Please note: The data used for the Arizona Arts Education Data Project were self-reported by Districts and LEAs and, therefore, may not reflect a complete account of student enrollment or access.
According to a new report on access to arts education in Arizona public and charter schools during the 2017-2018 school year, access increased by 4% to 88% since the last published report. Over 130,000 students are estimated to remain without access to arts education.
According to Elisa Radcliffe, the Arts Commission’s Arts Learning Manager, “This tool provides a picture of where Arizona’s schools currently stand, allowing school leaders, parents and advocates to ensure that every child in Arizona can participate in the arts.”
Among those taking a close look at the picture presented by the report is Joseph Benesh, Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a statewide advocacy network that partnered with AZ DOE and the Arts Commission to sponsor the research with funding from Americans for the Arts.
“Every study ever done reports the same data: children do better when the arts are a robust part of their education: they develop more self-confidence; they graduate at higher rates; they perform better in school and in life,” said Benesh, referring to data such as that reported by Americans for the Arts (https://bit.ly/2sQ0YHM) showing that students who took four years of arts and music classes while in high school scored an average of 92 points higher on their SATs than students who took only one-half year or less.
“I worry about the +/- 30% of our children who are missing out on those benefits. All of our children deserve better than a C grade in access to a well-rounded education,” said Benesh.
According to a survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs (https://bit.ly/34uKu4m) on behalf of Americans for the Arts in 2018, Arizonans feel very strongly about the value of arts education. 92% of Arizonans agree that the arts are part of a well-rounded education while 80% say the arts help students perform better academically.
The Arts Education Data Project is a report by the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which offers insights into arts instruction access and participation rates in Arizona schools. Quadrant Research prepared the report which features analysis of all available school enrollment data self-reported through the Arizona Department of Education’s SLDS system by schools across the state, both traditional public schools and charter, grades pre-K through 12 for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 school years. Among the findings: as of 2016 only 65% of K-8 students had access to both music and art instruction.
Interested in the full Executive Summary, or would you rather just look at the highlights? We are very proud to share this information with you, adding to transparency and choice for you and your student(s).
In the spring of 2009, Quadrant Arts Education Research, on behalf of the Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, began to study the level of arts education in Arizona public schools. Arizona K-12 public school principals were invited to participate in a survey about arts education in their schools. The census results represent 22% of all enrolled students from urban, suburban, rural and charter schools.
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! While many of us enter this year with cautious optimism, we here at Arizona Department of Education hope this school year brings many opportunities for student and teacher growth. While growth can certainly feel challenging and daunting, we come away with new learning, greater understanding and often times new ways to tackle problems. One thing that we are always focusing on is how to tackle the problem of expanding access to all students to Arts Education. If your school or district has made strides in increasing access to Arts Education recently, be sure to reach out and let our office know! We would love to share your ideas with schools around the state.