Arts Achieve:  Impacting Student Success in the Arts

Arts Achieve was a large-scale arts assessment research project undertaken in 2010-2015 by Studio and the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP), in partnership with four other major NYC arts organizations. It was funded by two United States Department of Education grants:  an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant awarded to Studio, and an Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant awarded to the NYC Department of Education. Conducted in close to 80 schools, the project reached thousands of students, and provided intensive supports to 45 teachers of visual art, dance, music, and theater.

Our approach to this research was shaped by three major goals:

  • Improve student achievement in the arts through quality units of study and implementation of formative and summative assessments.
  • Enhance teacher practice through professional development and learning communities.
  • Integrate technology into the classroom by providing students, teachers, and artists with access to iPads and other devices to assist and document learning.

To learn more about Arts Achieve, view sample units of study, download arts performance assessments, view webinars on formative assessment in the classroom, and more, visit



Expanding The Frame for Student Success

Expanding The Frame for Student Success, or Expanding The Frame (ETF), was a research project conducted by the Studio Institute to improve 4th and 5th graders’ Math and English Language Arts (ELA) achievement through arts-integrated units of study. This research was supported by an AEMDD grant and built upon a past grant-supported initiative called Framing Student Success. 

The main goals of the project were:

  • To build the capacity of elementary schools to implement an arts-integrated, standards-based, technology-rich program for 4th and 5th grade students.
  • To improve educational outcomes for students in these schools, through authentic and rigorous arts instruction that connects Visual Arts to ELA and Math skills and concepts.
  • To share the digital products and lessons learned from the design, implementation, and assessment of the project with the larger education community.

Visit to learn more about ETF and download art-integrated units of study.