Arts Integration: A Promising Approach to Improving Early Learning

The AIR study found that Wolf Trap’s Early STEM/Arts program had a significant positive impact on the participating teachers as well as their prekindergarten and kindergarten students. Compared with teachers who did not participate in Wolf Trap’s training and related activities, participating teachers were more likely to use the performing arts as part of their classroom mathematics instruction. Their students earned significantly higher scores on a standardized mathematics test (i.e., the Early Math Diagnostic Assessment; see Pearson Clinical, 2003) than their counterparts taught by nonparticipating teachers in both the first and second years of program implementation, even though not all students in the second year continued in classrooms with teachers participating in the program.

April 12, 2021