What Did We Learn?

Striking gains in student achievement (and teachers growth) via arts integration are the clear, independently analyzed outcomes of the Partnership for Arts Integration Research (PAIR) project. Importantly, these results, culled from multiple real data sources, arrive at an actual demonstration of CAUSE and EFFECT—i.e., thanks to the PAIR research, we can state unequivocally that an arts integrated partnership approach had a definitive, positive impact on student performance.

Here are four positive outcomes from the PAIR program which form the following key research sharings:

Arts Integration closes the achievement gap while supporting academic excellence.
Arts Integration raises standardized test scores.

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Teacher engagement in arts integration improves student performance.
Varied assessment measures provide a fuller understanding of student learning.

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For PAIR, innovative research strategies and tools gathered rich data and documentation from multiple sources. The depth of this approach provided researchers with a fuller picture as to what happened with student learning and teacher impact during the life of the project. Further, by collating and cross-examining multiple data sources, PAIR researchers were able to make strong statements as to causality, something that often evades research in arts education and integration. PAIR has provided researchers with the evidence to state causal links between the arts and teacher growth and student achievement.