Partnership's (AEP) Gaining the Arts Advantage (1999) has there been a comprehensive study of how school districts animate the arts in their schools. We believe these case studies and subsequent cross-case analyses offer new insights about the differences between planning to restore arts education and making that plan a reality.
- Successful Strategy: The majority of Vanguard Districts (82%) joined the initiative to repair a patchwork approach to arts education, and all districts made progress in developing standards-based, sequential arts programs. Tweet
- Successful Strategy: All Vanguard Districts developed and secured school board approval on a comprehensive multi-year district arts plan, and each district wrote arts education policy that required a long-term commitment to the objectives of the plan. Tweet
- Successful Strategy: Districts with full-time administrators coordinating the reform efforts were generally able to progress the furthest. Tweet
- Observation: Districts reported that their most pressing challenge was a lack of sufficient funding to implement the entire plan on the initial timeline. Tweet