Arts Integration & the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative: Executive Summary for Educators & School Administrators
Mississippi’s Whole Schools Initiative is “an arts integrated conceptual approach to education reform that redesigns the school learning environment to promote enhanced learning using the arts as the vehicle to support high quality education and instruction for all students” (p. 1). The research reported in this executive report examined the impact of the arts integration program on the academic performance of over 5,000 students who participated in the initiative. The study found that the for the students enrolled in the program, they significantly scored “Proficient or Above” on standardized tests compared to students who were not enrolled in the program. This report makes connections between the Whole Schools Initiative and students achieving the Common Core State Standards.