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A screenshot of a map of Ohio included in the National Arts Education Data Project

Ohio Arts Education Data Project Launches

A partnership of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), Ohio Department of Education, and New Jersey-based research firm Quadrant Research announced today the launch of an online database showing arts education access and enrollment in Ohio schools. 

Since 1989, the three Ohio statewide agencies have worked together periodically to gather data and report on the status of arts education in Ohio’s schools. Now more comprehensive information is available through advanced technologies, and arts education data from preK-12 schools throughout the state is available online.

“Ohio is proud to be among the first few states in the nation to provide an online arts education data system available to the public,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “We are grateful for the partnership and hard work of the Ohio Department of Education in this endeavor.”

Users may review school-level, district, county, and statewide data. The interactive, color-coded dashboard displays arts access and enrollment data for Ohio’s preK-12 schools as reported annually via the state’s Education Management Information System (EMIS). Data from ensuing school years will be added annually, allowing the project to show the status of arts education over time. Demographic data is from the National Center for Education Statistics.

“With a shared commitment to making Ohio’s arts education data visible and useful to all stakeholders, we will gain a better sense of where we are and where we need to go for Ohio’s students,” said Tim Katz, executive director of the OAAE.

The National Arts Education Data Project was originally a partnership between the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and Quadrant Research. The nationwide project coordinates with participating state departments of education to collect and report arts education data from State Longitudinal Data Systems and other state department of education data sets on an annual basis.

Original funding for the project was generously provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, NAMM Foundation, OAC, Educational Theatre Association, and National Association for Music Education. California, North Carolina, New Jersey, Wisconsin and now Ohio have online arts education dashboards in place.

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The OAC provides leadership and voice for the arts to transform people and communities. With funds from the Ohio Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the OAC provides various grant funding programs that support artists and make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio’s public; and provides services that help to enhance the growth of the arts. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. A statewide arts education service organization and nationally recognized leader in arts education, OAAE works to include arts learning in Ohio as part of a comprehensive preK-12 curriculum, to utilize the arts to improve student achievement, and to develop strong advocates who can speak about the importance of arts education.

The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

Quadrant Research is a national leader in arts education research, analysis, and market intelligence serving the fields of culture, commerce, government and education. The company was founded by Robert Morrison, one of the nation’s leading researchers and advocates in the field of arts education. Mr. Morrison is nationally recognized for his pioneering work in measuring the statewide status and condition of arts education and has served as an advisor to several major arts and arts education organizations. Quadrant Research clients include numerous state agencies, associations, corporations and non-profits.


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