Creative Learning Research Highlights

  • Graduation rates are 20% higher for arts-engaged high school students (MINDPOP, 2012). 
  • Students who attend arts-rich schools are 2x as likely to attend college (Catterral, 2010).
  • Students who are engaged in creative learning opportunities show improved academic achievement on standardized tests (McCarthy, 2005) (MINDPOP, 2012).
  • Students who participate in creative learning demonstrate an ability to process information across multiple platforms and embed that knowledge into long-term memory (Rudacliffe, 2010).
  • Creative learning provides students with an opportunity to express their lived experiences and address the affective needs of students that encourage hope and self-efficacy (MINDPOP, 2012).

AISD Department of Research and Evaluation 

The Austin ISD Department of Research and Evaluation is dedicated to evaluating the implementation progress of the Creative Learning Initiative.   An in-depth logic model has been developed to evaluate the implementation of the intiative based on the foundational goals of the Creative Learning Initiative.  Click here to view the logic model.

During the 2013-14 school year, 1,090 general classroom teachers in the McCallum and Travis vertical teams were surveyed after their participation in the August and November arts-based instructional professional development workshops.  Below are some highlights from the survey:

  • Over 90% of elementary and middle school teachers reported that arts-based strategies positively impact student behavior.
  • Over 88% of elementary, middle and high school teachers reported that using arts-based strategies in the classroom actively engages students in their learning.
  • 92% of elementary and middle school teachers agree that using arts-based strategies in the classroom positively impact student achievement.
  • 86% of teachers have noted positive changes in their teaching.
  • Three out of every four teachers have reframed their perspectives about teaching and learning.
  • One out of every two teachers have been able to help other teachers implement strategies covered during the professional development workshop.

To view the full reports, please click on the links below:





National Models

10 Lessons the Arts Teach

  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
  9. The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other source and through such experiences discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA. - See more at: