Sandra Ruppert


  • Achievement gap
  • Arts education
  • Education reform
  • State policy
  • Student-centered education

Sandra Ruppert is an independent consultant specializing in arts in education policy, research and practice. She speaks and writes frequently on topics such as national trends in K-12 access to arts education as well as the role and contribution of the arts to student success and school improvement. Ruppert is the former director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), where from 2008 to 2015 she led AEP’s national network of 100+ organizations dedicated to ensuring every student in America receives a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. Ruppert was responsible for the design and development of AEP’s, the nation’s first digital research and policy clearinghouse of educational outcomes associated with learning in the arts. She is also the author of numerous publications, including “A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education” (2014), “What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education” (2011) and “Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement” (2006). Prior to AEP, she was a director with the Education Commission of the States, a national nonprofit organization that advises state policymakers on education issues.