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Jan 22, 2015

On January 22, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), led by co-chairs George Stevens Jr. and Margo Lion, released the results of an independent study that reveals substantial gains in student achievement at schools participating in its Turnaround Arts initiative. The Turnaround Arts program was designed to help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts. PCAH engaged external researchers to track metrics for school improvement and their report released today shows broad improvements across several areas of students’ academic and performance, including surges in reading and math scores, an increase in attendance and a decrease in suspensions.

“We are encouraged by the results reported in this study,” said PCAH vice-chair Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean emerita, Tisch School of the Arts. “This evaluation demonstrates that the arts can be a potent means of accomplishing educational gains and shaping a well-rounded and engaging curriculum.”
“The new research findings from Turnaround Arts schools reaffirm the power of the arts in elevating students’ entire educational experience and the overall ‘success climate’ of schools,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. “We at NAMM, along with other collaborating supporters, are honored to support this important initiative that demonstrates the power of the arts as part of a complete education for all children.” The NAMM Foundation is a major partner of the Turnaround Arts program, and supported a portion of the research study.
Partners in the program include the U.S. Department of Education, Americans for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, Crayola, the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Rosenthal Family Foundation, Music Theater International, the Keith Haring Foundation and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Turnaround Arts is managed by Americans for the Arts.

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