In order to measure learning outcomes, P.S. ARTS has developed an evaluation protocol, guided in a part by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), Arts Assessment Resources Guide (2009), and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) National Arts Education Assessment Framework. P.S. ARTS carries out evaluation in four categories: 1) Curriculum Quality; 2) Instructional Quality; 3) Student Academic and Social Performance; and 4) Partner School/District Satisfaction. Measurable objectives in each category include:
- Curriculum Quality: Implement high-quality music learning experiences for every participant, including providing music and/or music pedagogy instruction, appropriate resources and materials, and authentic cultural experiences.
- Instructional Quality: Provide ongoing training to highly skilled professional Teaching Artists delivering our program, and provide consistent professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and Teaching Artists from partner organizations based on current arts education best practices.
- Student Academic and Social Performance: Deliver a rigorous music education program that supports student achievement in music, as well as overall school and social performance.
- Partner School/District Satisfaction: Continually evaluate and revise our music education program to reflect the logistic and educational priorities of our partner schools or districts, support partner schools and districts in music education planning and advocacy, and demonstrate the value of music education through evaluation and reporting.
Over 90% of classroom teachers and school principal respondents agreed that their students demonstrated improved social skills as a result of participating in P.S. ARTS programs.
Over 80% of classroom teachers surveyed agreed that their students had demonstrated clear gains in critical thinking skills, vocabulary, and other literacy skills.
Student work portfolio assessment shows that, on average, over 90% of P.S. ARTS students are meeting grade level proficiency in the visual and performing arts based on state standards benchmarks.