The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal StudiesDownload
Released March 2012. This report, provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, examines the academic and civic behavior outcomes of teenagers and young adults who have engaged deeply with the arts in or out of school. In several small-group studies, children and teenagers who participated in arts education programs have shown more positive academic and social outcomes in comparison to students who did not participate in those programs. Such studies have proved essential to the current research literature on the types of instrumental benefits associated with an arts education. The report’s authors, James Catterall et al., use four large national databases to analyze the relationship between arts involvement and academic and social achievements.