Arts Integration Closes Achievement Gap in Mississippi Schools
Posted Dec 3, 02:45 PM
Jackson, Miss.—In 2011, the Mississippi Arts Commission commissioned the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute to conduct a study of the Whole Schools Initiative (WSI). This two-year study examined the impact that arts integration has on the academic performance of 4,275 students enrolled in Mississippi public elementary schools and 1,172 students enrolled in Catholic elementary schools that are currently participating in the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative. Analysis of student performance on standardized tests was conducted using the 2010-2011 data from the Mississippi Department of Education. WSI schools that effectively implement arts integration were found to have reduced or actually eliminated the academic achievement gap for economically disadvantaged students.
What we do:
The Whole Schools Initiative, Mississippi’s first comprehensive statewide arts education program, uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high-quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. This unique program goes far beyond “art for art’s sake” and applies the learning power of the arts across the entire curriculum.
Our Five Goals:
- To improve student academic achievement through the integration of the arts into the core curriculum.
- To enrich the lives of students by increasing their skills and knowledge in all arts disciplines.
- To assist the professional and personal growth of teachers and administrators through the arts.
- To use the arts to increase parental and community involvement in schools.
- To build a sustainable system for supporting arts integration in schools.
Would you like to work with the Whole Schools Initiative?
Jodie Engle, Director