Research Alert / Evidence for Arts Integration. (2018, January). Retrieved February 13, 2019

Many educators wonder how they can bring appreciation of fine arts and practice engaging in the arts to all students. Getting to that point often involves providing evidence to the “powers that be” that teaching the arts helps students thrive and achieve. A recent review of evidence carried out by American Institutes for Research (AIR) should help. The study provides evidence that practicing arts integration in a school positively affects students’ outcomes in several academic areas, in addition to improving attendance, behavior, and social skills. In fact, according to the report, findings from 44 studies of arts-integration programs meet the stringent criteria that the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) uses to determine whether an intervention is “evidence-based.”

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