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Education in the arts linked to higher test scores

on Monday,September 28,2009 17:09

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Are design programs across the country full of genius level students? Possibly, as the link between art education and higher test scores has consistently been reaffirmed

Since 1993, the College Entrance Examination Board has reported that students with a background in the arts routinely score higher than the national average on the SAT, while the so-called "Mozart Effect," the result of a University of California study, established a correlation between listening to the Austrian composer and increased scores on intelligence tests reports Greater Good magazine.

"New neural connections that make it possible for us to learn and remember and problem-solve and create can continue to form …in environments that are positive, nurturing, stimulating and that encourage action and interaction," says Dee Dickson, the author of Learning through the Arts, a study that highlights the importance of art education in school curriculums. "Well designed arts programs provide just (these) kinds of environments."

As a provision of 2002''s "No Child Left Behind" act, the arts have been named a core subject alongside more traditional subjects like reading, science and mathematics.

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