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Re: arts and achievement

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Kathrine L Walker (klwalk)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 16:08:37 -0500 (CDT)

My questions is - are these children doing better because of the arts, or
did they choose to take arts courses because they were the brighter
students in the first place? Someone needs to figure this one out.

Just to clear things up - I am a strong believer in the arts improving
academic abilities, critical thinking, etc. I have first hand experience
of seeing improvement in LD, behavior problems etc. But these types of
statistics/studies have data that is questionable.

Kathrine Walker, Beach Museum of Art

On Mon, 19 Aug 1996, Sandra L. Eckert wrote:

> Here are some statistics from a "1995 Student descriptive questionaire"
> using data from the College Board Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers
> 1995.
> Years of Arts Study Verbal Math
> 4 or more years 459 506
> 3 years 436 483
> 2 years 430 482
> 1 year 422 481
> .5 years or less 411 470
> I got this info. from the PAEA newsletter, which also has a great bar graph
> naming the various arts, and citing achievement on SAT's along with
> participation in those arts. VERY graphic example of how arts involvement
> affects achievement. As there are no actual numbers listed, I hesitate ti
> list the levels here, however is is quite obvious that there is a direct
> correlation between the arts and high academic achievement. Those who had
> NO arts scored significantly lower than the Mean score for all, while the
> various arts areas all had high scores.
> (PAEA Spring Newsletter, 1996)