A State by State Arts Education Data Collection and Reporting Comparison

The State Data Infrastructure Project in the Arts, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Education Commission of the States, released recently "50-State Comparison: Arts Education Data Collection and Reporting," a tool that assesses the capacity of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to aggregate and report on arts education data already housed in statewide education data systems.

Through this tool, users can explore individual state profiles on arts education data collection and reporting by selecting a state.

By indicating which data states collect and publish, this tool aims to inform state and national conversations about how to make more information about arts education publicly available. It provides links to public reports on state arts education data and features information on data that states probably collect but do not publish.The project aims to empower policymakers, communities and families with the information they need to ensure that every American student has the opportunity to excel in and through the arts.

Among the findings, the Education Commission of the States points out "states are more likely to collect data on arts education than to report those data publicly" and "fifteen states publish data on the number of teachers assigned to arts courses, and all but three appear to collect the data."

Explore the tool here.

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