A new study released by Edvestors, "The Arts Advantage: Impacts of Arts Education on Boston Students" examined how access to arts education influneced educational outcomes of student socioemotional and academic outcomes and perspectives of school climate.
- Participation in arts education has a positive effect on student attendance. These effects are stronger for students with chronic absenteeism.
- Higher enrollment in arts education indicates higher levels of parent and student engagement.
- Participation in arts education has a significantly positive affect on student test scores for grades 6-8 English Language Arts and Math.
"Overall, the study’s findings showed a positive impact on student and parent engagement for students who participated in arts courses at their schools. Specifically, the research found the arts improved attendance for all students, but even more so for those with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and who are chronically absent" - Arts Education Partnership
“Simply put, when we talk about the social-emotional well-being of our students, the arts are a huge part of that." Wallace Foundation
"Arts education engages students, builds community, expresses our shared humanity and experience, and contributes to joyful learning environments.” Boston Globe
The study included
- 616,273 K-12 student-level observations
- 11 timeframe of data reviewed (2008-2019)
- 20% of students with Individualized Education Plans
- 29% of students identified as English Language Learners
- 76% of students classified as economically disadvantaged
- Racial/Ethic Breakdown of students: 41% Hispanic/Latinx, 36% African American, 13% White, 9% Asian
Read the full overview of the study HERE.