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Curriculum Update

Study Finds Impact of NCLB on Art Ed Generally Negative

No Child Left Behind Act has created a number of negative effects on art education, according to new study.

A report conducted by F. Robert Sabol of the National Art Education Association and funded by a grant from the National Art Education Foundation concluded that the No Child Left Behind Act has "created a number of negative effects on art education," and that art educators "generally have negative attitudes about the overall impact" of the legislation.

The February report comes after a 2009 survey by the organization of some 3,412 randomly selected K12 visual art educators from all 50 states. Responses regarding the effects of NCLB varied significantly, depending upon which aspect of art education was discussed. But, in areas of overall impact, the impression was much more negative. Sixty-seven percent believe the bill has not helped their students become better learners; 75 percent felt that NCLB has not improved the quality of student work; and some 89 percent claimed that the bill has had a negative effect on faculty morale.

Not all conclusions were negative, however. In fact, many respondents claimed some aspects of art education have been affected positively by NCLB . Forty-three percent reported spending increased time building or revising their curriculum and 51 percent said that they are more reflective about the effectiveness of their instructional practices.

The full report is available at