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The Benefit of Art Education

Typically, when a school has to undergo budget cuts, the first programs to go are the arts: drama, painting, music, etc. These programs are seen as expendable and worthless compared to sports and standardized test prep. However, a recent study conducted by the Houston Education Research Consortium found that that’s not the case.

The study examined 10,548 students’ art education experience and growth throughout the courses. Three significant results were found after increasing students’ art education experience:

  1. Reduced disciplinary infractions

  2. Increased writing achievement

  3. Increased students’ compassion for others

Art education for young children certainly has benefits. These benefits include: motor skill development, language development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, and cultural awareness.

Other research shows that, in high school, the benefits differ. Students in high school art classes show higher standardized tests, higher graduation rates, more community service, less time watching TV, less time being bored in school, more office positions held, and less drop-out rates. Students in low socio-economic status that had art programs reported only 4% drop out rates compared to a 22% drop out rate from students without art programs.

“As a teacher, I know that the two main factors that contribute to a lack of arts education are funding and time. With a greater emphasis being placed on math and literacy skills and on standardized testing, fine arts have been some of the first programs to be cut from a school budget and curriculum. This is disappointing, considering the research that links literacy skills to music and points to an intimate connection between rhythm, speech recognition, and reading”

-Keira Quintero, Pre-K-5th grade general music at Forest Glen Elementary School

Trouble arises when schools lose funding and have to resort to cutting programs. Typically, the arts programs are the first to go. Options are available to schools in these situations such as grants and community programs. The National Endowment for the Arts in 2015 funded over $74 million to nonprofit arts organizations.

Learn more about the benefit of arts education and art education funding here.

At KlickEngage, we are working to ensure that children in low-income communities have equal opportunity to succeed academically. Want to learn more? Ask us a question here.

Measuring Success from the Start

There is no denying that schools focus and measure their academic success with their 12th grade graduation rates. The idea being: the higher the graduation rate, the more successful the school is in educating their students. However, schools in Chicago are now taking a different approach to measuring and bolstering their success rates.

Based on the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, schools are implementing the “Freshman On Track Indicator.” Ninth grade students are measured and categorized after one semester or quarter in school. Components such as behavior, absences, and grades are compiled and categorized into green, yellow, and red indicators of being on track. Green is on track, yellow is sliding off track, and red is off track to graduation.

According to the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (2005), students predicted to be off-track in 9th grade have a higher likelihood of not graduating in 12th grade. The opposite also applies. On track students are more likely to graduate come their senior year of high school. Rather than using standardized test scores and background characteristics to predict graduation rates, educators now are able to more accurately catch an off track student and give them the resources they need.  The transition from middle school to high school is often a difficult one for students. Using this model, parents and educators would carefully monitor high school freshmen for any changes in behavior and grades. By being proactive, the students are given more time to improve slipping grades.  Students marked as “on track” are 3.5 times more likely to graduate than their “off track” peers. Tracking the grades and behaviors of students beginning their first semester in high school can drastically improve graduation rates. This method focuses on catching slip ups before students are ineligible to graduate.  For more information about the On Track Indicator, visit the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research  website .    At KlickEngage, we are working to ensure that children in low-income communities have equal opportunity to succeed academically. Want to learn more? Ask us a question      here     .

According to the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (2005), students predicted to be off-track in 9th grade have a higher likelihood of not graduating in 12th grade. The opposite also applies. On track students are more likely to graduate come their senior year of high school. Rather than using standardized test scores and background characteristics to predict graduation rates, educators now are able to more accurately catch an off track student and give them the resources they need.

The transition from middle school to high school is often a difficult one for students. Using this model, parents and educators would carefully monitor high school freshmen for any changes in behavior and grades. By being proactive, the students are given more time to improve slipping grades.

Students marked as “on track” are 3.5 times more likely to graduate than their “off track” peers. Tracking the grades and behaviors of students beginning their first semester in high school can drastically improve graduation rates. This method focuses on catching slip ups before students are ineligible to graduate.

For more information about the On Track Indicator, visit the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research website.

At KlickEngage, we are working to ensure that children in low-income communities have equal opportunity to succeed academically. Want to learn more? Ask us a question here.