Advocates Say Arts Education Should Be A Priority For K-12

Advocates for the arts in K-12 education say individuals should keep bringing forward the issue at both the state and district levels.

A focus on standardized testing in the past 30 years and a more recent push for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education has resulted in the narrowing of curricula and in some cases a lack of emphasis on the arts, according to a report published in September by the Arts Education Partnership of the Education Commission of the States. The AEP is an advocacy group whose website says it tracks and analyzes education research and policy in states throughout the country.

At the same time, research shows arts education and the integration of arts into core subjects “can have dramatic effects on student success — defined not just by student test scores, but also critical skills, such as creativity, teamwork and perseverance,” according to the report.   MORE

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