Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New report on effectiveness of Turnaround Arts in pilot schools 2011-14

A report highlighting the impact of Turnaround Arts on the first eight schools that piloted Turnaround Arts has been released.

The report released Jan. 22, 2015, by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, shows broad improvements across several areas of students’ academic achievement and performance, including surges in reading and math scores, an increase in attendance and a decrease in suspensions.  
Perpich Center for Arts Education is leading four Minnesota schools as part of the the second set of schools to take on the Turnaround Arts challenge and those schools were not included in this study as they are only this year beginning their work.        
The researchers found between 2011 and 2014, students at Turnaround Arts schools demonstrated significant progress in student achievement. Of the eight observed schools, seven improved their overall reading proficiency rates and six improved their math proficiency rates. 
All eight schools improved in at least math or reading. Half of the observed schools improved their attendance rates significantly. And more than half of the schools dramatically reduced suspensions. The schools performed materially better in math and reading scores than comparable schools in their state or district going through a turnaround process but not using the arts.
The eight schools that participated in the pilot phase of the Turnaround Arts initiative were evaluated by researcher Sara Ray Stoelinga of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago, Yael Silk of Silk Strategic Arts, and a team at Booz Allen Hamilton.
You can read a summary of the report here.
You can read the full report here.

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