The ESSA Arts Indicator in Illinois: A Study in the Art of Policymaking

Jan 15, 2020

Arts educators foster creativity, encourage community, and help build understanding in their students. As they have demonstrated in Illinois, arts educators also develop effective public policy.

Illinois is one of two states with a distinct arts indicator (the other is Connecticut) as part of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) system of school accountability and support. Illinois policymakers and advocates chose to include the arts for many reasons. The arts are essential to a comprehensive education for all students, equipping them to succeed in college, careers, and life. 

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