Arts Programs Fight Summer Slide, Will Get Boost Under ESSA

Arts Programs Fight Summer Slide, Will Get Boost Under ESSA

July 18, 2018

Amelia Harper reports for Education Dive on the positive role arts programs can play in narrowing the achievement gap “because the impact of summer learning loss is cumulative and can cause some low-income students to be as many as three years behind their peers by fifth grade.” Additionally, arts education is “seeing a resurgence” under ESSA, so while “many school districts saw cuts to arts education in recent years, new ESSA guidelines establish arts as a part of a ‘well-rounded education,’ and new ESSA guidelines loosen the purse strings to Title 1 and other funding sources to encourage arts education.”