In 2009 the Arizona Arts Education Research Institute (AAERI)–a partnership of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Department of Education, College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona, College of Arts & Letters at Northern Arizona University and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University–commissioned a study of access to arts education in Arizona public schools. Their initial report on this research was published in 2010. Four years later, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Department of Education published an update to the initial report.
Arts Education Data Project Arizona
The Arts Education Data Project is a partnership between the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and Quadrant Research. The nationwide project coordinates with participating state departments of education to collect and report arts education data from State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) and other state department of education data sets on an annual basis.
The main partner for the Arizona Department of Education, Quadrant Research, has been an industry leader in displaying arts education data. They have partnered with the AzDOE in the past. In 2010, Quadrant Research and the AzDOE collaborated on the work Arts Education in Arizona Public Schools. This survey described the state of arts education in 2010 and predates the state’s Coursework Completion System, as well as the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). The SLDS provides the data for the 2019 Arizona Arts Education Data Project. The current dashboard provides various grain sizes for the viewer to see — from state to district to school — utilizing arts course and enrollment data to paint a picture of arts education opportunities across Arizona.
There are additional key arts partners who have informed this work. They include the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts.
2010 Arizona Arts Education Census
In the spring of 2009, Quadrant Arts Education Research, on behalf of the Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, began to study the level of arts education in Arizona public schools. Arizona K-12 public school principals were invited to participate in a survey about arts education in their schools. The census results represent 22% of all enrolled students from urban, suburban, rural and charter schools.
2014 Arizona Arts Education Census Update
This update to the 2010 Arizona Arts Education Census provides comparison data on how arts education access has changed between 2009 and 2013 through an analysis of the arts teacher assignments in the 2012/2013 Highly Qualified Teachers database. To prepare this analysis, Quadrant Research was provided with the 2012/2013 Highly Qualified Teacher data for the four arts disciplines (dance, music, theatre and visual arts). In addition, Quadrant had access to the 2008/2009 HQT data for music and visual arts to allow for comparative analysis between the two periods (2009 vs. 2013).