What is the Arts Education Data Project?
We have all witnessed the movement in education to pull data, to dig into the pictures it paints, and to identify the areas of need and excellence for stakeholders. In the case of arts education, we are now learning that through collecting, analyzing, and organizing statewide longitudinal data, the data can tell a compelling story. The idea that statewide data can be repurposed in this way is the driving force behind the Arts Education Data Project.
The Arts Education Data Project supports the timely delivery of state, district, and school-level arts education data. This first-of-its-kind project centralizes the data in one location, making it visually accessible for public review and action. The project is managed through the collective partnership of two organizations, the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), and Quadrant. Together they collect, analyze, and identify critical arts education elements through individual state teams.
How did this project start?
A set of readiness surveys was forwarded to SEADAE representatives from 41 states in both 2012 and 2014. In 2015 California, North Carolina, and Wisconsin were selected as the initial cohort, based on readiness for data extraction and use, along with opportunities for training personnel to analyze and use the data within their states. The cohort members have been collecting data, preparing for analysis work, and working closely with Quadrant and SEADAE to externalize their state arts education data online.
In December 2016 California became the first state to launch their data dashboard. This dashboard visualizes the arts education courses and enrollments for various grade levels, as well as all of the school districts in the state. In addition, California has created some tools to support visitors to the interactive dashboard’s use and analysis of the data. Check California’s website to see the dashboard and tools available to the public.
What are the next steps in this project?
The second cohort of states is already taking shape. Arizona and New York have already submitted data, and Connecticut and New Jersey are preparing their data for submission. By the end of 2017, we expect to have 10 states participating with published data that represents 35% of all students in the United States.
As SEADAE and Quadrant Research continue to develop this project, we are reaching out to other states that may wish to become part of a future cohort team. Additionally, we seek additional support from other arts-focused organizations to help our states collect, review, analyze, and disseminate the unique landscape that makes each state a place for our young people to gain skills and knowledge within the arts. Please contact either the SEADAE or Quadrant Representatives with your ideas and questions about this project.
For more information, please contact:
Robert Morrison, Quadrant Research, firstname.lastname@example.org, (908-542-9396) or,
Julie Palkowski, SEADAE President and Project Chairperson, email@example.com, (608-261-7494)