NAEP Arts Assessment (2016)

Nation’s Arts Report Card

What knowledge and skills do eighth graders have in visual arts and music? How does access to arts education vary across the country? How have American students’ knowledge and skills in the arts changed since 2008?

The 2016 NAEP Arts Assessment Report, also known as the Nation’s Arts Report Card, was released on April 25, 2017 by the National Assessment Governing Board in a live webinar event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NAEA Executive Director Deborah B. Reeve, Chief Learning Officer Dennis Inhulsen, and Policy/Legislative Liaison Kathi R. Levin, were in attendance as well as many leaders from other national arts education organizations, the Arts Education Partnership, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U. S. Department of Education, Maryland and Virginia State Departments of Education, and Washington Metropolitan area arts education organizations.

Detailed information about the NAEP Arts Assessment, including the report, background on the methodologies used, and the findings can be found on these two websites:


The following organizations have collaborated on the Nation’s Arts Report Card Toolkit: Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, Educational Theatre Association, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, National Association for Music Education and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education. Access the toolkit documents below or access it from the Arts Education Partnership website.


View resources and findings related to the 2008 Nation’s Arts Report Card here.