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December 22, 1997
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Steve Libowitz
First State-wide Summit on
The Role of Arts in Education
Fact Sheet: Research
A sample of research conducted on the relation between arts
involvement and academic achievement:
Students who study the arts tend to do better on SATs than
those who do not. In one study, SAT takers with classes and
in music, scored 45 points higher on the verbal portion of the
test and 32 points higher on the math portion.
The longer the period of study, the higher the SAT score.
who studied the arts for more than 4 years scored 53 points
higher on the verbal test and 37 points higher on math.
One Maryland elementary school, putting its new arts program
its existing curriculum, doubled its combined MSPAP [Maryland
School Performance and Assessment Program] scores in just one
Research by the Center for Arts in the Basic Curriculum
that when a school devotes more than 25 percent of its school day
to the arts, students perform with academically superior
A recent study with preschool children found that six months
music training significantly improved spatial reasoning.
A public school kindergarten study showed that children's
reasoning improved 65 percent following 8 months of classroom
keyboard instruction. Children receiving no music lessons scored
46 percent lower than the music group.
70 percent of 10th graders with a high involvement in the
scored in the top 2 quartiles in standardized reading tests
compared to 45 percent of students with low arts involvement.
Similar percentages hold for tests in history, citizenship and
Of 10th graders with a high involvement in the arts, 47
consider community service important or very important; of
those students with low arts involvement, 34 percent consider
community service important or very important.
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