Students Enrolled in Art Courses Fare Better

Monday, October 19, 2009

Students in New York City schools with the most access to arts education and resources had higher graduation rates, according to a report released Monday by the nonprofit group, Center for Arts Education.

"National studies show that the arts not only motivate kids to learn more and inspire them to get better grades; they also keep at risk youth in schools and graduating on time," Richard Kessler, the executive director of the Center for Arts Education, said earlier this year.

The study analysed data collected by the city’s Education Department from more than 200 schools over two years, the New York Times reported.

The city schools that had the most arts education had the most graduates, while schools with fewer arts classes had lower graduation rates. The nonprofit found schools with the highest number of graduates also had more certified arts teachers and arts classrooms.

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