New Research Shows Middle School Music and Theater Students Get Better Grades

February 20, 2019

New research presents the best evidence yet that taking arts classes benefits kids academically.

A rigorously designed, decade-long study of more than 30,000 Florida students found students who took an elective arts class in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade had significantly higher grade point averages (GPAs), and better scores on standardized reading and math tests, than their peers who were not exposed to the arts. This held true after the researchers took into account “all the ways that students who did and did not take the arts in middle school were initially different.”

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