Explores links between arts education -- certified teachers, dedicated and equipped arts classrooms, partnerships, field trips -- and high school graduation rates in New York City public schools. Calls for arts instruction for at-risk students.
- Successful Strategy: Research has shown that arts education has had measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and attendance problems while increasing overall academic performance.
- Successful Strategy: Students in danger of dropping out cite participation in the arts as a reason for staying in school.
- Observation: High schools in the top third of graduation rates consistently had more certified arts teachers, dedicated arts classrooms, coursework in the arts, and school-sponsored arts field trips compared to the bottom third.