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Sep 21, 2011
On September 21, NORC at the University of Chicago released a new report finding that teaching artists are critical to the future of arts education and to improving the quality of schools. These are two of the conclusions of the Teaching Artists Project, a three-year study that is the most comprehensive examination of the work and world of teaching artists.
Teaching artists have been major providers of arts education in community settings for over a century. In the last three decades they have become important resources in primary and secondary schools as well, where they have mitigated a long-term decline in arts education. In the process they have made significant contributions to making schools better places for students to learn and grow.
Prior studies have provided strong evidence that arts education has powerful positive effects on student achievement and outcomes. NORC's new study offers hope to schools struggling to preserve arts education programs and to policy-makers searching for effective education strategies to improve schools.
NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on the University of Chicago's campus and the D.C. Metro area. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. NORC's 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination - coupled with deep subject matter expertise - provides the foundation for effective solutions.
Read the full press release on the NORC website
Download the report (PDF)
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