Staying in School: Arts Education and New York City High School Graduation Rates

Oct 31, 2009
Explores links between arts education -- certified teachers, dedicated and equipped arts classrooms, partnerships, field trips -- and high school graduation rates in New York City public schools. Calls for arts instruction for at-risk students.
  • Successful Strategy: Research has shown that arts education has had measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and attendance problems while increasing overall academic performance.
  • Successful Strategy: Students in danger of dropping out cite participation in the arts as a reason for staying in school.
  • Observation: High schools in the top third of graduation rates consistently had more certified arts teachers, dedicated arts classrooms, coursework in the arts, and school-sponsored arts field trips compared to the bottom third.
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