Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire -
         NH Department of Education       Arts Alliance of Northern NH      NH State Council on the Arts

Measuring Up is a collaborative initiative that represents New Hampshire’s first statewide effort to document and analyze the level of access to -- and participation in -- arts learning in K-12 public schools.  The project includes the first-ever comprehensive review of arts education in the state.

Measuring Up will serve students, educators, civic leaders, policy makers, artists, arts organizations and citizens, and will provide essential information for decision making at the state and local level for years to come. Findings will be broadly disseminated, and advocacy tools and resources will be developed and shared to help schools and communities improve opportunities in arts education.

Measuring Up is built around four key beliefs:

  • Every child has the right to experience quality arts learning;
  • Collaborative leadership is required to improve access and equity across the state;
  • Valid research and data analysis are critical in arts education advocacy; and
  • Work done must be sustainable over time.

Project goals:

  • Inform policymakers, civic leaders, educators, parents, arts organizations, artists, and the public about the current status of arts education in New Hampshire;
  • Develop advocacy tools, training and resources based on the project findings; and
  • Use this information to develop a comprehensive, statewide action plan that encourages and provides for quality arts-learning experiences and sequential arts education for all New Hampshire students.

Project activities:

  • Collection of comprehensive data about arts education in New Hampshire. 32 percent of all public schools completed a voluntary survey, providing data for the 2008-2009 school year. This response rate represents 43 percent of the state’s student population. For additional information, see
  • Data analysis and synthesis  
  • Development of data-driven recommendations and strategies that can lead to significant improvements in access to high-quality arts education for every student in the state
  • Dissemination of findings and recommendations (March 9, 2011 at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, and March 10, 2011 at North Country Education Services, Gorham)
  • Creation and launch of a statewide action plan