ESSA & Fostering Arts Education

ESSA & Fostering Arts Education

November 26, 2018

In the latest installment of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, an anonymous reader asks: “How do ESSA plans handle arts education?” Klein says that, under ESSA, states “had to choose at least one indicator of school quality or student success to consider alongside test scores in gauging school performance.” Kline also notes that “at least five states decided to use the arts—either access to classes or some other indicator—to fulfill this requirement.” Additionally, “districts can choose to use a portion of their money from ESSA’s $1.1 billion flexible block grant for arts programs.”