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Wisconsin Arts Education Data Project

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The purpose of the Wisconsin Arts Education Data Project is to provide arts education data to support school community discussions of arts education programming, access, and opportunities for students in PreK-12th grade in Wisconsin.

About the Wisconsin Arts Education Data Project

  The Wisconsin Arts Education Data Project highlights Wisconsin's arts education data story through an easy-to-use, interactive dashboard.    Current data is expected in the near future. The data provided through the dashboard is meant to foster school community conversations      about arts education programming. The dashboard features multiple years of arts content area coursework data from Wisconsin public         schools from the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years. The multiple years presented provide a picture of arts course enrollment for   the content areas of art, dance, music, and theatre throughout Wisconsin. Site visitors are able to interact with the dashboard to see course   enrollments for the specified years for each arts content areas.

Webinar - A Tour of the Dashboard

Webinar Tour of the DashboardThe Wisconsin Arts Education Data dashboard is an interactive site that allows the visitor to see a broad arts education view of the state all the way down to the school site. To get started, go to the site and review school-level, district, county and statewide data. This interactive dashboard is color-coded and displays arts participation for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade levels. The data is sourced from the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 ISES CWCS data collection (now retired).

Explore the Dashboard (Click on the image below to see the full page.)

Review the Executive Summary

WI Arts Ed Data Map

The Executive Summary provides a briefing of the data findings for the Wisconsin Arts Education Data dashboard for the available years. More in-depth analysis of the data is encouraged at the school community level where specific questions and district variables can be reviewed to identify the unique data characteristics and potential programming or policy opportunities to support greater access to arts education for all students.


The main partner for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WI DPI), Quadrant Research, has been an industry leader in displaying arts education data. They have partnered with the WI DPI in the past. In 2008, Quadrant Research and the WI DPI collaborated on the work, Arts Education in Wisconsin Public Schools. This survey described the state of arts education in 2008 and precludes the state’s Coursework Completion System (CWCS), as well as the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). The SLDS provides the data for the 2018 Wisconsin Arts Education Data Project. The current dashboard provides various grain sizes for the viewer to see - from state to district to school- utilizing arts course and enrollment data to paint a picture of arts education opportunities across Wisconsin. There are additional key arts partners who have informed this work. They include the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Wisconsin Arts Board, and Arts Wisconsin.

Arts Education Data Project - Website

Arts Education Data Project Home Page

There are several other states involved in similar projects under the care and direction of both Quadrant Research and SEADAE. Visit the project website to learn more about how each participating state is moving forward with arts education data. Arts Education Data Project Website

Project Support

This project would not have been possible without the generous support from:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is interested in your feedback about this tool.  Please share your ideas for improvements and use by emailing Chris Gleason, Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant, at


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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a team that continues to shape and share resources focused on data.  The following resources offer support for your data analysis. 
For questions about this information, contact Christopher Gleason (608) 264.9554