NAfME, in collaboration with our NCCAS partners and Quadrant Research, is applying for the NEA’s Statewide Arts Education Data Infrastructure Project in 2017.
Letters of support: the States
States have been working with NAfME and its coalition partners for more than a decade on state arts education data collection, reporting and infrastructure products, as exemplified in these letters of support.
- State Letters of Support
- Letter of support from states currently part of the arts education data project led by the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.Signatories include:
- Minnesota (Perpich Center for Arts Education)
- New York
- Letter from State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), representing support from SEADAE members in 20 states, along with 6 retired directors of arts education.
Letters of support: Partners
NAfME’s partners in this grant represent 187,000 arts educators, educators and teaching artists in our nation’s schools. These partners understand the power and value of having accurate, reliable, longitudinal arts education data for planning, professional development and research.
- American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
- Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
- Educational Theatre Association
- Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan
- National Art Education Association (NAEA)
- National Dance Education Organization
- Young Audiences, Arts for Learning
- National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
- VH1 Save The Music Foundation
Evidence of Arts Education Data Infrastructure Expertise
The coalition members have engaged in conversation, dialogue and work with arts education data for more than decade. Evidence includes:
- National Expectations for Learning in Arts Education Convening, May, 2010
- SCED Forum submission for Arts Education Course Codes and Descriptions Revisions (2010)
- SCED Forum submission for Arts Education Course Codes and Descriptions Revisions (2017)
Evidence of Arts Education Data Dashboards and Reporting Structures
The coalition members have been creating and working with arts education data reports and dashboards:
- California Arts Education Data Project Dashboard (2016)
- Summary Report, California Arts Education Data Project (2016)
- Arizona HQT Data (2014)
Prior State Arts Education Census Reports
The coalition members and their partners in states across the country have been creating and working with arts education data reports for more than 15 years:
- Arizona (2010)
- California (2004)
- Michigan (2012)
- Minnesota (2012)
- New Hampshire (2011)
- New Jersey (2012)
- New Jersey (2007)
- Ohio (2013)
- Oklahoma (2010)
- Wisconsin (2008)
Project Team Bios
- Bios for the Project Team, including leaders from NAfME, SEADAE and Quadrant Research.
Evidence of Communication Tool Development for Arts Education Data
The Project Team worked with Spitfire communications for the development of a comprehensive strategy for the development of communication vehicles, data literacy training and tools to accompany the release of the California Arts Education Data Project in October, 2016. These included the following key elements of the communications toolkit:
Two Page Executive Summary of the Project
Sample Newsletter Article
Sample Social Media Content
A Roadmap for School Districts including sections on:
1. MAKING SENSE OF YOUR DISTRICT’S DATA
2. EVALUATING ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS
3. SUPPORTING DISTRICT STRATEGIC ARTS PLANS
4. Q & A FOR DATA ANALYSIS
Research Interest from NAfME members
NAfME’s research community has invested in investigating longitudinal data systems in order to better understand access to and equity within music education. Some examples include:
- Abril, Carlos R. and Kenneth Elpus. High School Music Ensemble Students in the United States A Demographic Profile. Journal of Research in Music Education, vol. 59, 2: pp. 128-145., First Published May 11, 2011.
- Elpus, Kenneth. Music education promotes lifelong engagement with the arts. Psychology of Music (2017)
Elpus, Kenneth. “Arts Education and Positive Youth Development: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Outcomes of Adolescents who Study the Arts” (working paper, 2013).
- Elpus, Kenneth. “Arts Education as a Pathway to College: College Admittance, Selectivity, and Completion by Arts and Non-Arts Students” (working paper, 2014).
- Carl Hancock and Allison Porter: research on music educator diversity (working paper, 2016, created for the NAfME National Assembly)