Using Data to Strengthen Arts Education During and After Pandemic

Using Data to Strengthen Arts Education During and After Pandemic

August 14, 2020

A partnership between the Education Commission of the States and the National Endowment of the Arts resulted in a toolkit designed to help school systems, education leaders, advocates, and researchers capitalize on publicly reported state education data to improve access to quality arts education. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the arts are considered a component of a “well-rounded” education. The federal law also defines the various types of data that states are required to make public. In the midst of national conversations about systemic racism and the prolonged effects of a global pandemic, the toolkit aims to help “plan an arts education data initiative, make data requests, analyze data, report on the results and use those results to inform action.”