Despite some signs of life, Arizona's public and private sectors are still in a world of hurt. If a crisis really is a terrible thing to waste, there is no better time to bring forth compelling new information focusing on Arizona's academic achievement potential and an innovative, yet tried-and-true strategy, to get there.
Arts education may not be the first idea that comes to mind for jump-starting student achievement but it may be one of the best, most far-reaching and cost-effective ways of doing so. When Arizona leaders and parents worry about how to improve student achievement, particularly during this dramatic downturn, arts education is not a costly problem but a cost-effective and results-driven solution.
This report shows where access to arts education stands today and recommends how to use it to help reinvent K-12 education in Arizona, not just to increase achievement but also to match the skills employers want in 21st century workers.