A policy brief published by The Brookings Institution discusses how states can approach measurement of arts education in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):
Policy Brief on Arts Education Emphasizes Importance of Measuring Program Success
ESSA presents a timely opportunity for states to adopt policies that facilitate accountability and comparability in arts education through measurement. In many cases, the burden on states would be minimal. Making existing data publicly available and incorporating it as a measure of school quality is an easy first step. Adding basic measures to state accountability systems, such as the percentage of students enrolled in the arts, student/arts teacher ratios, and arts course availability, would facilitate an informed appraisal of the state of arts education and incentivize schools to promote arts education.