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The Importance Of Art Education For Your Child's Test Scores


  • Texas Cultural Trust

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) reports involving your child in art classes leads to increased test scores.

The TCT is a non-profit organization which promotes the importance of arts throughout the education of children and in turn the positive effects towards Texas economy.

In light of State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock's current legislation in the House, which calls for a review and modification of current core curriculum standards with regard to essentials skills, the TCT organization provided useful analysis of the impact of art education on school attendance, standardized tests, graduation rates, and college enrollment, as well as updated data for its 2015 State of the Arts Report, which was issued in January. 

Evaluating the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STARR) scores for Region 20 (including Bexar County) TCT finds middle school students that took more art classes scored nearly 30 percent higher across the board in science, history, math and reading.

TCT highlights specifically, students who completed at least one art course credit in the 9th grade were one-fourth as likely to dropout as students who did not complete one art credit.

Additionally, students involved in art throughout high school exhibited 16.4 percent increase in college enrollment.

Jennifer Ransom Rice, TCT executive director, expresses her “hope that all these students can benefit from the creativity, original thinking, and problem solving skills that the arts can help inspire.”

TCT asserts that those creative education skills lead ultimately to students' positive contribute to the Texas economy, adding the fact that the art and cultural industries contribute $5.1 billion to our state economy currently.

The creative sector, including job types that rely heavily on critical thinking, innovation, and creativity, employs more Texans than the total employment in many large counties including Travis, Collin, Hidalgo, and Fort Bend. If the creative sector was a county, it would rank 5th in terms of total employment by county. 

Guillermo Nicolas, TCT board member, states “the arts matter for our economy. Too many people consider the arts a ‘nice to have.’ The reality is the arts are a ‘must have’.”

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