This week, we released some incredible news in our 2014 Progress Report: Researchers have identified a strong correlation between our program and an increase in student test scores.
Dennie Palmer Wolf of the national consultancy WolfBrown, worked with the Portland State University Center for Student Success to access standardized test scores from all 18,711 students who attended Right Brain partner schools between 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years.
They looked at the average increase in scores for these students before working with the Initiative, and found the rate of increase jumped dramatically after their schools joined the Initiative, and scores continued to rise the more deeply engaged a school became with the program.
This is what the increases look like for (left to right) reading, math and English language proficiency, as schools advance through the phases of program engagement (click on the chart to see a larger version):
We are particularly excited about the incredible increase in English Language Proficiency scores—they raised at least 10 times more once schools began working with Right Brain.
So, does this prove that Right Brain drives test scores? Of course not. But we are excited to see such a strong correlation. These numbers reinforce what we’ve believed to be true all along: integrated arts education truly drives learning.
- Read about this data and other research completed on behalf of Right Brain, by downloading the 2014 Progress Report (PDF).
- Read the full press release.
This news has been featured elsewhere, too!