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Art In Schools

Today, for the first time in 11 years, the federal government releaseda 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.

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/OQZJKRHVYA/3490016801/ A nationally representative sample of over 7,900 eighth grade studentsfrom 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 Education Statistics.

As reported today in the New York Times , Christian Science Monitor ,

and USAToday , the findings are “mediocre,”

“lackluster,” and “may 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 reaction 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.”

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/NKBGKRHVYB/3490016801 As you may know, Americans for the Arts has been leading a nationaleffort 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

support for arts education — take two minutes to send a message to

your Congressional delegation, please visit our E-Advocacy Center:

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/CNIRKRHVYC/3490016801 To raise awareness of the importance of arts education, we have alsobeen leading, along with The Ad Council, the NAMM Foundation and

hundreds of local, state, and national campaign partners, a public

service awareness campaign titled, “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.

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/HYSTKRHVYD/3490016801 Please take action on this important education effort by sending amessage to your member of Congress let your voice be heard:

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/AJLUKRHVYE/3490016801 Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member ofthe Arts Action Fund. Play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund

today — it’s free and simple:


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