New Jersey state government agency offered some outstanding news last week. Surprised? Don’t be. The New Jersey Department of Education released the 2013 School Performance Reports and for the very first time in the nation arts measures were included. The reports are designed to inform parents, educators and students how a school is preparing for the future and are chock full of data on academic achievement and college and career readiness.
The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) has guided policy development toward inclusion of arts measures over many years. The NJAEP is a co sponsored project of the NJ State Council on the Arts and the ArtPride NJ Foundation, with additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ Dept. Of Education, the Prudential Foundation, and Quadrant Research. Yes, it takes a lot more than a village to put New Jersey in the vanguard of arts education!
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