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State boards of education rely on educators and researchers for evidence about the value of approaches in arts education—as in all other disciplines—to help them weigh needs against the investment and the opportunities for good outcomes for all students and their communities. Yet there is only a modest body of rigorous research to inform education policy decisions related to arts education or arts integration.


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