Welcome to The California Arts Education Data Project
Explore Our Interactive Dashboard | Executive Summary Report | How to Navigate the Data | Communication & Action Toolkit
How School Districts Can Evaluate Their Data | About the Arts Ed Data Project
All students in California deserve the opportunity to enroll in high quality arts education curriculum that will provide them with the important skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive workforce. Prior to 2016 we lacked the tools to show us where (and how) arts education is offered across the state. That’s why Create CA, the California Department of Education and the Arts Education Data Project, have joined together to provide a new suite of tools to help increase participation and ensure student success in arts education.
On this interactive, color-coded dashboard, you can view arts participation for secondary level by school-level, district, county and statewide. The source of data comes directly from information schools submitted through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System – California’s K–12 longitudinal data system. Data has been added annually, allowing the project to show progress since 2014. It also includes demographic data is from the Common Core of Data file from the National Center for Education Statistics. A list of course codes is available here. The dashboard does not include information on grades pre-k–5, as California elementary schools are not required to report arts education data.
This five minute video will guide you through how to navigate the data project.
(Thanks to Get Lit for partnering with us on the How-to Video!)
Data tutorial by Bob Morrison: For a deeper dive watch this 25-minute video by Bob Morrison at Quadrant Research
We need to get the word out if we want to increase access to the arts in California schools. Use these tools to spread the word about the latest data findings:
We need to take big bold action to make a real impact. We’re encouraging arts education advocates to ask your superintendent, school board member, or principal to add an arts discipline to middle or high school. Download this flyer to learn how to use data to address inequities in your local school.
Roadmap for School Districts: The Roadmap guides districts through the process of examining their data to better understand their unique circumstances and challenges. The Roadmap features four sections, each designed to offer valuable resources to districts exploring their data. These include:
- A Guide to Making Sense of Your District’s Data
- Resources to Evaluate Arts Education Programs
- Tools and Resources for Developing a Strategic Arts Plan
- Answers to Questions for Data Analysis
The Arts Education Data Project is a partnership between the State Education Agency Directors of Arts
Education and Quadrant Research. The nationwide project coordinates with participating state departments of education to collect and report arts education data from State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) and other state department of education data sets on an annual basis. Learn more at http://artseddata.org.
Funding for the Arts Education Data Project has been generously provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, NAMM Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Educational Theatre Association and National Association for Music Education.
About Create CA
Create CA, California’s Statewide Arts Education Coalition, is working to ensure all students are able to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the 21st century workforce. The California Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), the California Arts Council (CAC) and the California State PTA are organizational members coordinating with this effort. To see a complete list of the 15 members of the Create CA Leadership Council, go here.
Create CA thanks the following funders for their generous support: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Stuart Foundation, The Music Man Foundation, The California Arts Council and The Panta Rhea Foundation.
About the California Department of Education
The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s website. You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.