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New data provided by the Florida Department of Education illustrates that individuals who participate in school music experiences achieve higher academic success in the classroom and higher scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The new data provides a clearer more comprehensive report of the influence of K-12 music education experiences in the overall academic success of Florida public school students than any data previously examined.
The data also shows that participation in school music education activities can benefit ALL students, not just the “talented” few, thereby contributing to the future of all Floridians. No other aspect of the school curriculum provides a cultural diverse experience while stimulating the cognitive processes involved in preparing students to achieve higher levels of academic achievement than school music education programs.
Edited from "2007-2008 12 Grade Cohort & Fine Arts Enrollment Comparison," by Steve Kelly, Ph.D.
Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM
The acronym STEM—shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—has quickly taken hold in education policy circles, but some experts in the arts community and beyond suggest it may be missing another initial to make the combination more powerful. The idea? Move from STEM to STEAM, with an A for the arts.
Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF), are helping to fuel work in those areas. The NSF has provided research grants and underwritten a number of conferences and workshops around the nation this year, including a forum hosted by the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, titled “Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art-Science-Design Pedagogy.”
Edited from "STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM" , from Education Week By Erik W. Robelen