Low-income students who are involved in the arts have higher academic achievement and are more likely to go to college, according to a new study.
The research by the National Endowment for the Arts mirrors findings of other federal research showing arts education can have a significant impact for disadvantaged youth.
Scientists looked at Department of Education data tracking teens and young adults who had a history of arts involvement and those who had little engagement with the arts. In academics, eighth graders who had high arts engagement through elementary school showed higher test scores in both science and writing.
The study also found at-risk students who have access to the arts tend to have better workforce goals and opportunities and more civic engagement.