The Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) Annual Evaluation Report 2014–2015

This report presents findings from the 2014–2015 school year, the second year of comprehensive data collection of the Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) in the Austin Independent School District (AISD). Data suggest participating in the CLI had a positive impact on both teachers and students, as well as on the district. Teachers reported positive experience with the program activities and positive changes in student engagement, behavior, and student achievement. Student outcomes included increased student access to arts opportunities, improved student attendance, decreased discipline incidents, and better academic performance. Our findings indicated that 37% of AISD schools were arts-rich, which exceeded the benchmark goal for schools meeting the arts-rich standard.