The latest version of the state’s annual school report card continues efforts begun last year to measure student performance by looking beyond test scores.
For the first time, the School Performance Reports for the 2012-13 school year focus on how many students enrolled in visual and performing arts classes, factors linked to higher graduation rates and improved student achievement.
New Jersey is the first state to include arts participation in its annual reports, a fact celebrated by artists and arts advocates.
“We know creativity and innovation are the currency of the 21st century economy and arts education is one of the ways we inspire our students to unlock their own creativity,” said Robert Morrison, chairman of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership. “This important step demonstrates the commitment of New Jersey to ensuring all of our students have access to the many educational benefits provided by the arts.” Read more >>