Investment in the arts can fuel school growth, such as positive trends in test scores and attendance rates:

  • English Language Arts proficiency has increased at 70% of our partner schools, by as much as 116%
  • Math proficiency has increased at 63% of our partner schools, by as much as
  • Suspension and/or school absence rates have decreased at 67% of our partner schools

Across our 22 partner schools, 95% of teachers report that the arts have a positive or very positive impact on student engagement and learning. Through surveys of teachers at our partner schools we have found:

A three-year program evaluation of the national Turnaround Arts pilot schools found significant improvement in academic achievement, reduction in disciplinary referrals and increases in attendance, among other findings. In addition, the study found that Turnaround Arts pilot schools outperformed comparable schools that received federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) in their regions. Read the full evaluation report here.

*Turnaround Art: California’s program design aligns with research on school reform which points to the multiple factors that lead to school improvement. For example, the University of Chicago found that schools strong in at least 3 of these 5 categories were ten times more likely to improve student learning: Effective principals, collaborative teachers, supportive environment, involved families, and ambitious instruction. (Byrk, Anthony S. (2010). Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago. The University of Chicago Press.)