November 26, 2013
Following recommendations in its landmark report, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, PCAH launched Turnaround Arts as a pilot program in April of 2012. Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership that aims to test the hypothesis that strategically implementing high -quality and integrated arts education pro- gramming in high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools adds significant value to school-wide reform. This report is the first in the two-year evaluation of Turnaround Arts, which is being conducted via a pro-bono agreement with Booz Allen Hamilton. The purpose of the evaluation is both to capture descriptive aspects of the use of high-quality and inte- grated arts education and to evaluate the hypothesis that strategically implementing high-quality and integrated arts education programming in these schools adds sig- nificant value to school-wide reform.