Strengthening Fine Arts Programs

While high quality educators, committed students, and rigorous learning standards such as the TEKS form the core of successful programs, many other administrative considerations such as equipment, staffing, space, and safety requirements, as well as funding play important roles in the program’s overall health.

This section addresses program evaluation, quality indicators for elementary, middle school, and high school programs in art, dance, music, and theatre, as well as recommendations on staffing and links to state and national funding sources. Finally, this section houses the Program Support database of sources and abstracts from research studies that hone in on why the fine arts are essential to school communities and vital for student learning.