Arts Students Outperform Non-Arts Students on SAT

By SA2020 | Mar 15 2013

[click to see graph: Average Points Better on SAT by Arts Students)]

  • Data from The College Board show that students who take four years of arts and music classes while in high school on average score about 100 points better on their SATs than students who took only one-half year or less (scores of 1065 vs. 966, respectively). Additionally, those who had more than four years of arts and music study scored 105 points above those who had only a half year or less of arts instruction.
  • The College Board’s report, Arts at the Core: Recommendations for advancing the state of arts education in the 21st Century by the National Task Force on the Arts Education recommends education stakeholders consider arts requirements for high school core curricula, high school graduation requirements, and college and university admission requirements in the arts (including arts courses in GPA calculations), working with regional accrediting agencies.
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