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State Studies on Arts Education

In order to address this gap in access to arts education, leaders need data to determine which students are receiving education in which art forms, how often, and by whom. While organizations like Americans for the Arts have requested this type of data be
collected nationally—by the National Center for Education Statistics for instance— this has only happened twice in the last two decades, placing the burden of data collection on the states. Some states have engaged in surveys to get an idea of
what is happening statewide, and others are starting to tap into their departments of education’s longitudinal data systems to collect real enrollment data for all students statewide. This meta-analysis of current state studies by many state, regional, or national organizations examines student access to arts education. This analysis helps understand current trends across states and to discover what type of assistance may be needed in individual states.

Read the State Status Report here. 

For the research study from your state, select below:

States A - L

States M - O

States P - W

State Arts Education Policy Gap Analysis

The Gap Analysis was a study conducted to gain a greater understanding of trends and influences in arts education by comparing and contrasting policies currently in the Arts Education Partnerships’ ArtScan database with in-depth interviews with state level leaders. The two pronged-approach was aimed at isolating anomalies in policy versus practice for individual states and the country while also identifying particularly effective language and trends—which may serve as models for future policy development.

Read the Gap Analysis here.

Federal Funding of Local Programs

The review and dissemination of the trends and analysis of federal arts education granting is intended to uncover the final step in the federal-state-local policy pipeline. The programs described in this report are exemplars for full realization of state level policy put to practice in communities around the nation. As the only dedicated federal funding source for arts education, the U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education (AIE) program (recently renamed “Assistance to Arts Education” program), is charged with “disseminating information about model school-based arts education programs.” Since 2002, Congress has approved about $448 million for the AIE program, and, of that total, at least $5 million was targeted for dissemination and evaluation specifically.

Read the analysis here.