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The Nation’s Report Card:
2016 Arts

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
10:30 a.m. ET

Terrace Gallery of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

On Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. ET, the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics will release results of The Nation's Report Card: 2016 Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

This report features national results at grade eight from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The assessment measures students’ knowledge of music and visual arts with tasks related to creating and responding to art.

Join local and national education leaders, artists, educators, parents, policymakers, and students to discuss:

  • What the data show at the national level about student achievement, including findings by demographic subgroups and trends since the last NAEP arts report card was released in 2008.

  • How the availability of resources and opportunities in arts education — such as full-time teachers in the arts, experience playing instruments, engagement in artistic expression in class and outside of class, and exposure to museums and musical performances — may shape student achievement.

The event will also feature behind-the-scenes video tours of schools in Boston; Red Lake, Minn.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Winston-Salem, N.C., where arts programs blend with academics to enrich students’ educational experiences. We will also share special video messages from actress Gabrielle Ruiz (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “In the Heights”) and former NASA leaders Charles Bolden and Dava Newman.

Meet the Speakers


Registration for the in-person event and the webcast is required and can be completed at

Contact Us:

If you have questions about the event, contact Chelsea Radler at (240) 630-0198 or

If you are a member of the media, contact Stephaan Harris at (202) 357-7504 or


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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States. It has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through the Nation’s Report Card, NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement between states, large urban districts, and various student demographic groups.

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to oversee and set policy for NAEP.

NAEP is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, administers NAEP. The Commissioner of Education Statistics is responsible by law for carrying out the NAEP project.