Want a Better Test Score? Be in Band!
We are in the age of standardized testing where state and federal governments argue about test scores, AYP, NCLB, HSPE, and so many other acronyms. As a result, laser-like focus is put on the high school subjects that we are measured and evaluated on: reading, writing, math, and science. I believe this focus has brought about meaningful student learning improvements. However, it is important we recognize the importance of educating the “whole child.” A significant part of the whole child education happens through the Arts.
With ever increasing demands on our students in the high school, it is important that as educators, parents, and community leaders we ensure our students have a meaningful Arts education. Research done by the Rand Corporation and the University of California both found similar results in relationship to Arts education. Students exposed to visual and performing arts often do a better job at mastering reading, writing, and math than those who focus solely on academics. A 2002 study done by the CollegeBoard showed empirical evidence over a 10-year span that Arts involvement has a consistent and significant correlation with higher SAT test results. Students in the Arts group scored an average of 82 points more than their non-Arts counterparts.
The idea that Art is an add-on, that we just need a credit to get into college, could not be further from the truth. As your students go through high school, encourage them to keep playing their instruments, exploring the performing arts, designing, or singing! It will probably result in a higher grade on their math test.
Lakeside High School offers symphonic and jazz band, choir, guitar, theater arts, and a wide array of visual arts. For more information please contact our Arts lead, Bruce Blaser, at firstname.lastname@example.org.