Arts for All School Arts Survey: Measuring Quality, Access and Equity in Arts Education

Wed, 03/09/2011 (All day)

Arts for All has developed a survey process that measures access to and quality of arts instruction throughout Los Angeles County.  The Arts for All School Arts Survey: Measuring Quality, Access and Equity in Arts Education evaluates arts education at the school site level, utilizing a unique system for collecting and reporting the data. The results are useful for schools and school districts to find out what is working, what's not working, and to point the way toward improvement.

In September 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Arts for All: Los Angeles County Blueprint for Arts Education, a strategic plan to restore arts education - in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts - to the 1.6 million students in Los Angeles County's 81 school districts. Arts for All provides a series of policy changes and educational initiatives to create systemic change and institutionalize sequential, K-12 arts education in Los Angeles County school districts, based on the Visual and Performing Arts Standards for California Public SchoolsArts for All connects school districts with effective tools and resources to improve arts learning, including the latest tool, the School Arts Survey.  Learn more at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's website, lacountyarts.org/artseducation.html.

A 10-page summary on the School Arts Survey has just been released and is available for download here.

The summary describes how the survey was built and its first application in five school districts encompassing 100 schools. As a result of this trial-run, some refinements will be made in the survey, but the survey's strength and utility have been proven. The survey effectively gives Los Angeles County a means of objectively measuring quality and access to arts education and making the results easily accessible.