Welcome to The California Arts Education 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.
But up until now, 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.
- Listen to a Webinar giving an overview of the project and answering questions from participants.
- Webinar 2.0 gives an overview of resources and advocacy strategies.
California Arts Education Data Project
The Data Project is designed to increase participation in arts education across the state by analyzing and reporting school-level data on arts education courses and grades 6 through 12 enrollment. It provides important information to education leaders, teachers and parents about levels of access to and enrollment in arts courses in schools.
Executive Summary of the Data Report: Read a narrative overview of the data findings for the state of California. Dive deeper into the data through the table report. A list of California arts education course codes are also available here.
Interactive Dashboard: Review school-level, district, county and statewide data. Use statewide averages as the baseline for comparison through the Data Project’s user-friendly, color-coded dashboard. This interactive dashboard does not include information on arts education in grades pre-k–5, where California elementary schools are not required to report arts education data. 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 for the 2013–2014 and the 2014–2015 school years. Demographic data is from the Common Core of Data file from the National Center for Education Statistics. Data will be added annually, allowing the project to show progress over time. A list of course codes is available here.
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 Communication Toolkit: Help share these new resources with local stakeholders by accessing materials in our communication toolkit:
Click on each one individually or go here to access a DropBox folder with all the documents.
By having a complete picture of where California’s secondary-level schools currently stand, school leaders, parents and advocates can take steps to increase participation in arts education across the state.
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 Web site or by mobile device. You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
About the Arts Education Data Project
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.