Creative Learning Research Highlights

Expanding creative learning in classrooms, schools & communities yields positive results. Below is a sample of national & local research that measures the benefits of Creative Learning & Arts Rich Schools:

Low-income students attending arts rich schools are 2 times as likely to attend college by the age of 26. Graduation rates are 20% points higher for AISD high school students who are highly engaged in the arts. (Catteral 2010, MINDPOP 2012)

Students engaged in creative learning opportunities show improved academic achievement on standardized tests & are more likely to be elected to class office & participate in a math or science fair. Low-income students engaged in the arts are 4 times more likely to have high academic achievement than those not involved in arts. (Heath 1998, McLaughlin 2000, McCarthy 2005, MINDPOP 2012)

Schools using arts integration strategies have fewer discipline problems & higher attendance. Students report less boredom & find school more challenging, interesting & enjoyable. (Heath 1998, Demoss & Morris 2002, Barry 2010, MINDPOP 2012)

Students remember information 1.7 times longer if they draw a graphic image of the concept. When offered creative learning, students demonstrate an ability to process information across multiple platforms & embed that knowledge into long-term memory. (Rudacliffe 2010)

Creative learning research shows that students develop habits of mind that promote innovation, imagination & creativity, including critical & creative thinking, dealing with ambiguity & complexity, integration of multiple skill sets & working with others. (President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities 2010)

Texas students from all regions and demographic groups with access to more arts courses, outperformed students with fewer arts courses across all subjects. High school students outperformed peers by more than 15%. (MINDPOP-Texas Cultural Trust, 2015)

A survey of 2500 global CEO’s reported that creativity was the most needed skill for a CEO in the 21st Century. There are over 44,000 creative sector jobs in Austin & they contribute over 2 billion dollars to the local economy.