COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education announced today that it is launching a research effort to measure arts education in Ohio's schools. The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), along with its partners the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Department of Education, will distribute the Ohio Arts Education Survey to school principals statewide on March 15, 2010. The information collected through the surveys will build on prior studies carried-out between 1989 and 2004 and will create a snapshot of the current status of arts education in Ohio's schools.
OAAE and its partners will provide parents, school leaders, policy makers, and community members with an analysis of arts education while at the same time providing schools and communities with tools and resources to strengthen student learning. Lauren Hess, President of OAAE commented, "Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every child receives an education that develops imagination and builds 21st century skills – and the arts provide the tools to accomplish that goal."
Quadrant Arts Education Research has been selected to lead the data collection and analysis. "We are honored to be able to assist Ohio on this crucial project for arts education," commented Bob Morrison of Quadrant Arts Education Research. "Access to arts education has never been more important." Quadrant has an extensive background working in other states on similar statewide arts education research. Ohio joins Minnesota, Arizona, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma and Wisconsin as statewide arts education research partners.
The results of the Ohio Arts Education Survey will be previewed in late summer with a final report presented in the fall of 2010. The survey results will help the project partners and Ohio's learning community understand the impact of Ohio's arts education programs, the level of student involvement with the arts, and how to align resources to areas of need. The ultimate beneficiary of this work will be Ohio's students!
Resources to support this effort are provided by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Ohio Arts Council, and Ohio Department of Education.
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, a national education program of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more visit www.OAAE.net
Donna Collins, Executive Director
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
SOURCE Ohio Alliance for Arts Education