States Introduce New Measure of Accountability: Arts Education
By Jackie Zubrzycki
As states revamp the systems they use to evaluate schools, at least five are considering using the arts as a measure of school quality...
New Jersey was the first state to include arts in its accountability system. The state added student enrollment in arts classes as a measure on school report cards in 2014, before ESSA was finalized.
In an email, Dale Schmid, the state's content coordinator for visual and performing arts, said, "I think it's important to note that soon after the arts were included in the state accountability plan, school principals began to tout the strength of their districts' arts programs—IN WRITING and in the press!" He said that was evidence of the significance and impact of the new regulation.
Arts Ed Now is a multi-year campaign to increase active participation in arts education in all schools across New Jersey.
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