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Re: Data on Art Education & Test scores

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Maahmaah_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 13:15:38 PDT


In a message dated 10/12/00 11:21:26 AM Central Daylight Time,
FREELAS@GardnerK12.org writes:

<< Does anyone out there have information regarding how the arts have improved
test scores? A speaker at a conference last year I think she was from
Marshfield talked about a study that showed students involved in the ARTS
scored higher on the MCAS tests. We all know that art makes better problem
solvers but I'm presently looking for data and studies to back it up.
Thanks, Sue >>

Hi,
FYI
I just heard a program a couple weeks ago on NPR about this subject. It
showed that an Arts based program did NOT affect test scores. I think the
research was done by two women who looked at a multitude of studies done over
the last 20 years. Great program but I cannot for the life of me remember
their names. Someone else on this list must have heard it. Their big
argument for the arts was to pitch it as an integral part of living. It
brings quality of life. Not to argue that it will increase learning in other
areas.

Lee