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Arts Integration (With Celebrity Visitors) May Help School Turnaround, Study Finds

Low-performing schools that implemented an arts integration program over two years showed improved attendance, fewer suspensions, and substantial gains in academic achievement,according to a new report.

An evaluation of the program, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton and led by researcher Sara Ray Stoelinga of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago, found that seven out of the eight schools improved in reading proficiency, and six of eight improved in math. Every school improved in at least one of those subjects. The gains were substantial, too. In math, gains averaged 22.6 percent, and in reading they averaged 12.6 percent.