Can arts education help narrow the achievement gap?

04/1/2012 | Miller-McCune.com

Involvement in arts education can be linked to improved academic achievement among low-income or disadvantaged students, according to a new National Endowment for the Arts research report. Researchers found that disadvantaged students who participated in arts-rich experiences in high school earned higher grades and enrolled in competitive colleges at a higher rate than those who did not participate in arts instruction. "These findings suggest that in-school or extracurricular programs offering deep arts involvement may help to narrow the gap in achievement levels among youth," the report states.

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