When students have access to ongoing, sequential, standards-based arts programs, they show greater progress and success on a variety of measures, including standardized test scores, social-emotional measures, graduation rates, and engagement in civic activities.

Research has reinforced the finding that arts education is highly correlated with academic achievement. Recently, several tech companies including Google did a study to identify the main attributes of success, and concluded that deep engagement with art creates well-rounded individuals who possess vital skills, such as collaboration, empathy, and problem-solving for successfully pursuing a multitude of career pathways.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE) is committed to partnering with our school districts and nonprofit agencies to ensure equity in access to arts education for all K-12 students.

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