WASHINGTON (AP) — A study by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities says arts education is an effective tool for school reform, even as arts education funding has declined.

The “Reinvesting in Arts Education” study being released Friday examined recent data from schools in Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Chicago and New York City. It finds integrating the arts with other subjects is particularly effective at raising achievement in math and reading.

In the report, Education Secretary Arne Duncan writes that data demonstrates arts education improves achievement in other subjects.

Visual arts instruction improves reading, and learning to play a musical instrument can improve math skills. Students engaged in the arts also had higher attendance rates.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded the report.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Arts integration is a highly effective curricular technique that engages our students and connects creativity with problem solving skills. This is exactly where we need to take education to be competitive and relevant in the 21st century. Our school is using this with great success over the past 3 years – our students are making deeper connections, curriculum become alive when taught using the arts (music, visual art, dance and drama) and our staff has developed a culture of trust, collaboration and respect among each other. For more information, research and techniques for this program, try this link: http://wp.me/P1felg-i3

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