P.S. ARTS engages outside evaluators as appropriate to provide non-biased quantitative program evaluation. Most recently, in June 2014, renowned arts researcher Dr. James Catterall completed a two-year study on the impact of P.S. ARTS programs on students’ development of “creative thinking, behavior, and motivation in the arts, sciences, writing, and social problem-solving.” The study included 300 4th and 5th grade students participating in the P.S. ARTS rotational Classroom Studio program.
Findings show participation in P.S. ARTS programs is associated with significant gains in students’ ability to:
- Express complex ideas accurately and clearly
- Solve problems creatively
- Collaborate and empathize with others
- Take initiative to produce innovative ideas, designs, and products