September 11 – 17, 2016 is National Arts in Education Week, a time for parents, students, business leaders and the entire nation to celebrate the benefits of arts in education. Studies show that students who participate in arts education have higher graduation rates and better test scores. Plus, the practice of art encourages innovation, fosters critical thinking skills and welcomes change.

An analysis of Florida’s 12th grade students provides further evidence that students participation in arts-related classes:

1) stay in school;

2) have higher graduation rates;

3) perform higher in academic areas such as math, reading and writing; and

4) achieve higher scores on standardized tests such as the SAT and the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).

This week, take time to learn more about how your schools are incorporating art into education. Learn more about how to advocate for art from Americans for the Arts. Share your #becauseofartsed story on social media.