Arts Achieve:
Impacting Student Success in the Arts

Arts Achieve was a large-scale arts assessment research project undertaken in 2010-2015 by Studio and the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP), in partnership with four other major NYC arts organizations. It was funded by two United States Department of Education grants:  an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant awarded to Studio, and an Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant awarded to the OASP. Conducted in close to 80 schools, the project touched thousands of students, and provided intensive supports to 45 arts teachers.

Our approach to this research was shaped by three major goals:

  • Improve student achievement in the arts through quality units of study and implementation of formative and summative assessments.
  • Enhance teacher practice through professional development and learning communities.
  • Integrate technology into the classroom by providing students, teachers, and artists with access to iPads and other devices to assist and document learning.

To learn more about Arts Achieve, view sample units of study in multiple disciplines, download arts performance assessments, and more, visit