This report is a collaborative initiative representing New Hampshire's first statewide effort to document and analyze the level of access to -- and participation in -- arts education in New Hampshire's K-12 public schools. For the first time, this report examines the status and condition of K-12 arts education in music, visual arts, dance, theatre, and media arts, and uses a common tool to work toward a common goal: stronger arts programs with greater opportunities in the arts for students around the state.
Measuring Up quantifies the opportunities provided to students for learning in the arts. Public school administrators around the state were asked to respond, on a voluntary basis, to a programmatic inventory of the arts in their schools, based primarily on state standards and requirements. This report compiles information from all responding schools, creating a comprehensive examination of the scope of arts education in our state. A total of 153 New Hampshire public schools completed the survey, representing 43.6% of the state's public-school student population. By examining and analyzing this data, we can identify available opportunities for students in New Hampshire, as well as gaps between policy and practice.