Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts, BA




Communication & Journalism Department

Faculty Advisor

none listed


Arts education remains to be cut from school programs despite the research done to prove the correlation between the arts and academic success across various fields. Through robust research done by the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and EdVestors, there is ample evidence that the arts are not only important, but that they are necessary, particularly for students from underserved populations.

Looking at the current and past laws surrounding American public education, there is much to be learned. Specifically, the No Child Left Behind Act implemented a wave of standardized testing. Many schools are still left with the effects of No Child Left Behind, giving the most importance to tests such as the MCASTs (for Massachusetts). Although the intentions behind some of these laws and regulations such as Common Core Standards, there seems to still be a gap. Focusing particularly on Boston Public Schools, there has been progress through programs such as the Arts Expansion. There is still work to be done, but we are at the start.

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Subject Headings

Arts--Study and teaching--United States, Education evaluation



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