ArtsEdSearch is the Arts Education Partnership’s online research and
policy data clearinghouse
focused on student and educator outcomes
associated with learning in and out of school.
Arts Education Partnership publications
This index of AEP-produced arts education research and reports list the
documents that are available for purchase in either print or pdf
Theatre teachers matter
This article by Laura McCammon and Johnny Saldaña, published in Teaching Theatre in 2012 (Volume 23, Number 1), details the highlights of their Lifelong Impact Survey of Adults who had participated in speech and/or theatre during their high school years and how it had impacted them.
The Ohio Critical Links Project
The Ohio Critical Links Project was a 2007-2009 teacher inquiry project
jointly sponsored by EdTA, the Arts Education Partnership, and the Ohio
Arts Council. In the project, ten theatre educators from throughout Ohio
created questions and applied them to their classroom
methodology. This report details the reports of each of the teachers’
The 1991 EdTA Survey of Theatre Education in the United States
Published in Teaching Theatre journal in 1991 (Volume 3, Number
1) this landmark survey of theatre educators and administrators
includes data on teacher training, facilities, funding, classroom
materials, and more.
The 2012 EdTA-UTU Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools
Published in Teaching Theatre journal in 2012 (Volume 24,
Number 1) this study revisits some of the same questions asked of
respondents in 1991, along with additional queries on new media, teacher
evaluation, use of teaching artists, and more.
SEADAE position paper
In this white paper endorsed by EdTA and other major arts education
associations, the State Educator Agency Directors of Arts Education make
a case for access to sequential, standards-based arts education in
dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
The Americans for the Arts annual reports document the key role played
by the non-profit arts and culture industry in strengthening our
nation’s economy. It offers facts, figures, and trends, and includes a
toolkit for using the figures to make the case for arts in your
The National Assessment of Educational Progress
The NAEP, often referred to as the “Nation’s Arts Report Card,” annually
offers a snapshot on the status of different subject areas. The 2008 Arts NAEP report measured art and music only. The 1997 NAEP
measured the ability of eighth-grade students to create, perform, and
respond to works of art in music, theatre, and the visual arts.
Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1999-2000 and 2009-10
The U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Educational
Sciences annually reports on data collected on student access to
different academic areas. This report, issued in 2012, was the third of
its kind to provide national data on arts education.
The Imagination Nation
This 2008 survey found that 30 percent of American voters are displeased
with the current emphasis on “the basics” in the nations’ school
systems and want to see more attention paid to subjects that stimulate
Learning, Arts, and the Brain
Learning, Arts, and the Brain, a 2008 Dana Foundation study
that addresses a fundamental question: Are smart people drawn to the
arts or does arts training make people smarter?
Inside Out’s School Project
This report, published in Teaching Theatre journal in 2006
(Volume 17, Number 2), summarized the findings of a research project
focusing on the value of a theatre program for at-risk middle school
students in Southern California.
Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
The Critical Evidence study discusses why it’s important to
keep the arts strong in our schools and how they contribute to student
achievement and success.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s letter in support of arts education
Secretary Duncan’s 2009 letter re-states arts education’s position as a
core subject under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Tough Times, Tough Choices
This 2006 report on the future of American education asserts that the arts are essential skills for the future workforce.