KS/MO Arts Integration Research Study

John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts National Partnership KS/MO Team Program: Integrated Arts Education Program (IAEP) Evaluation Project by Amanda S. Mayes, Ph.D.,

an article published in the Spring 2021 issue of the publication for the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals, compiled at the request of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education.

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Author Note

Amanda S. Mayes is the Founder of Second Act Research and the Senior Research Associate for Human Development & Family Studies at Purdue University


The value of an arts rich education is consistently questioned in the era of high stakes testing and accountability. Although advocates believe arts integration techniques improve educational outcomes, little causal evidence exists to support the claim. This report presents the results of a project evaluation of the Integrated Arts Education Program administered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts National Partnership KS/MO Team. Organized by the Johnson County Community College Carlsen Center Arts Education Program, Arts Integration League and Kansas City Young Audiences, participants are area teachers who attend professional development on arts integration practices. A quasi-experimental, pre/post with comparison trial took place in twelve elementary classrooms matched by grade level. Results show that arts integration teaching methods significantly improve educational outcomes. Arts integrated teaching techniques led to improvements in knowledge of core subject content, enjoyment of learning, engagement, and creativity. These improvements were statistically significant. The findings provide evidence that arts integration teaching methods can produce a significant, positive impact on the educational development of elementary students.