Research and reports

Research and Reports

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This May 2020 document, signed by 52 national arts and arts education organizations, makes the case for why all students must have access to an equitable delivery of arts education--including theatre--in the post COVID-19 era 

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The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), in partnership with iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI), initiated the JumpStart Theatre (JST) program in Ohio and Kentucky in 2015. The three-year, scalable, pilot program was designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs where previously there were none.

Capturing Student and Teacher Creative Growth through the After-School JumpStart Theatre Program, Year Three Report, 2018JST yr 3 report
This final-year research report tracks the measurable quantitative and qualitative creativity impact of the program, with additional commentary from teachers, students, and teaching artists and summative commentary by the research team.


Capturing Student and Teacher Creative Growth through the After-School JumpStart Theatre Program, Year Two Report, 2017Student_teacher_creative_growth.png
This report continues to track the measurable quantitative and qualitative creativity impact of the program, with additional commentary from teachers, students, and teaching artists.


JumpStart Theatre: Pilot Year Impacts in Three Schools, 2016Student_teacher_creative_growth.png
This report details the first-year impact on student creativity in the three-year JumpStart Theatre program at three Cincinnati-area schools. The research, guided by the Centers for Research on Creativity, includes quantitative and qualitative data, along with appendices that describe the musical theatre program's strategies for gaining student, teacher and community buy-in.


ArtsEdSearch is the Arts Education Partnership’s online research and policy data clearinghouse focused on student and educator outcomes associated with learning in and out of school.


Arts Education Partnership publications
This index of AEP-produced arts education research and reports list the documents that are available for purchase in either print or pdf download.


Theatre teachers matter
This article by Laura McCammon and Johnny Saldaña, published in Teaching Theatre in 2012 (Volume 23, Number 1), details the highlights of their Lifelong Impact Survey of Adults who had participated in speech and/or theatre during their high school years and how it had impacted them.


The Ohio Critical Links Project
The Ohio Critical Links Project was a 2007-2009 teacher inquiry project jointly sponsored by EdTA, the Arts Education Partnership, and the Ohio Arts Council. In the project, ten theatre educators from throughout Ohio created questions and applied them to their classroom methodology. This report details the reports of each of the teachers’ research findings.


The 1991 EdTA Survey of Theatre Education in the United States
Published in Teaching Theatre journal in 1991 (Volume 3, Number 1) this landmark survey of theatre educators and administrators includes data on teacher training, facilities, funding, classroom materials, and more.


The 2012 EdTA-UTU Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools
Published in Teaching Theatre journal in 2012 (Volume 24, Number 1) this study revisits some of the same questions asked of respondents in 1991, along with additional queries on new media, teacher evaluation, use of teaching artists, and more.


SEADAE position paper
In this white paper endorsed by EdTA and other major arts education associations, the State Educator Agency Directors of Arts Education make a case for access to sequential, standards-based arts education in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.


Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
The Americans for the Arts annual reports document the key role played by the non-profit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy. It offers facts, figures, and trends, and includes a toolkit for using the figures to make the case for arts in your community.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress
The NAEP, often referred to as the “Nation’s Arts Report Card,” annually offers a snapshot on the status of different subject areas. The 2008 Arts NAEP report measured art and music only. The 1997 NAEP measured the ability of eighth-grade students to create, perform, and respond to works of art in music, theatre, and the visual arts.


Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1999-2000 and 2009-10
The U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Educational Sciences annually reports on data collected on student access to different academic areas. This report, issued in 2012, was the third of its kind to provide national data on arts education.


Learning, Arts, and the Brain
Learning, Arts, and the Brain, a 2008 Dana Foundation study that addresses a fundamental question: Are smart people drawn to the arts or does arts training make people smarter?  


Inside Out’s School Project
This report, published in Teaching Theatre journal in 2006 (Volume 17, Number 2), summarized the findings of a research project focusing on the value of a theatre program for at-risk middle school students in Southern California.


Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
The Critical Evidence study discusses why it’s important to keep the arts strong in our schools and how they contribute to student achievement and success.


Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s letter in support of arts education 
Secretary Duncan’s 2009 letter re-states arts education’s position as a core subject under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Tough Times, Tough Choices
This 2006 report on the future of American education asserts that the arts are essential skills for the future workforce.

Arts Education for America's Students, A Shared Endeavor
A statement created and endorsed by twelve national arts and education organizations (including EdTA), outlines the importance of high quality arts education and those responsible for providing it to students.