published Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Focus on Arts: Art improves academic outcomes

Study after study shows a positive relationship between arts studies and improved student academic outcomes.

Attendance: Research finds a relationship between middle school students’ involvement in arts study and better attendance rates. One study found, for instance, that students who received drama-integrated language arts curricula were absent from school fewer days than students in comparison groups.

Literacy and language development: Research demonstrates that arts education — and drama integration in particular — is positively associated with literacy and language development, especially in English language arts, writing, reading proficiency, spelling and vocabulary.

Mathematics achievement: Research suggests that arts education, especially in music, is positively related to learning in mathematics in middle school. One study in particular found that music training is effective at predicting mathematics performance. Another study found visual arts, dance and music students to be better at geometry tasks than students studying other art forms.

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