How the ARTS Benefit Student Achievement

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and Arts Education Partnership (AEP)

2005, 20 pages. National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005, 202-347-6352, Arts Education Partnership, One Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-1431, 202-326-8693,

An update to Eloquent Evidence: Arts at the Core of Learning (1995), this pamphlet addresses the ways arts education contributes to promoting goals outlined in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. These are summarized in "The ABC's of Arts Learning," a section that identifies the benefits of arts education as "academic, basic, and comprehensive." The report also includes results of a 2005 Harris Poll on attitudes of Americans toward the arts in education and a table showing how verbal and math scores on SATs increase in proportion to the number of years students take arts courses.