Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Arts Education - It's your carrots and peas
Today, for the first time in 11 years, the federal government
released a national report card on achievement in the arts
among 8th graders. This long-awaited report finds that
since 1997, our nation's students have not made
significant progress in developing their skills and knowledge
in the arts. The
National Assessment of Education Progress
(NAEP) in the Arts report
is the only continuing, national
measure of academic achievement in America's schools.
A nationally representative sample of over 7,900 eighth grade
students from public and private schools participated in the NAEP
Arts Assessment in 2008. Students were measured on their ability
to create and respond to the visual arts; whereas, the study scaled
back on music questions and only measured a student's ability
to respond and identify music. Unfortunately, theatre and dance
skills were not assessed at all due to budgetary and data
collection constraints, according to the National Center for
As reported today in the
New York Times
, the findings are "
make America's arts instructors
kind of blue
Not a great report card. However, new U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan gave a strong
in support of arts education,
"This Arts Report Card should challenge all of us to make K-12
arts programs more available to America's children ...
We can and should do better for America's students."
As you may know, Americans for the Arts has been leading a
national effort to increase federal funding and to strengthen the
role of the arts in the classroom through legislative efforts in
Congress. We have published a set of legislative
recommendations that calls for changes
to the problematic
No Child Left Behind Act
. Our schools need greater
for arts education - take two minutes to
send a message
your Congressional delegation, please visit our E-Advocacy Center.
To raise awareness of the
importance of arts education,
we have also been leading,
along with The Ad Council,
hundreds of local, state,
a public service
The Arts. Ask For More.
" currently airing on radio
and television and appearing in print media.
In the television and radio ads, the arts are equated with a
healthy diet; just like kids need healthy foods on a daily basis,
kids need their daily serving of the arts. Included in the campaign
is a list of "10 Simple Ways," detailing how parents can get
involved in their child's arts education.
Please take action on this important education effort by
sending a message to your member of Congress
let your voice be
Quincy Community Theatre
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