The 2016 Nation’s Arts Report Card: What You Should Know about the NAEP Arts Assessment


The 2016 Nation’s Arts Report Card: What You Should Know about the NAEP Arts Assessment
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 7-8 pm ET
FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

In April 2017, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its 2016 National Arts Assessment, the Nation’s Art Report Card. NAEP is the only nationally representative measure of student achievement in nearly a dozen subjects. This is the third NAEP Arts Assessment that assessed both music and visual arts. Learn about the assessment and its findings including what the Nation’s Arts Report Card shows regarding access and opportunities for arts learning. Additionally, find out about outreach efforts for the report conducted by NAEP’s sponsors—the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics—as well as media coverage, and public response to the April 25 release.     



Stephaan Y. Harris

Assistant Director for Communications, National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)

A former journalist for several newspapers including USA Today, Mr. Harris serves as the Board's Assistant Director for Communications. He advises the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director on matters related to outreach and communications concerning the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Board, and its various constituencies, including journalists, policymakers, educators, parents, business leaders and the general public. Mr. Harris coordinates and manages those efforts, which include release events for NAEP Report Cards, presentations, briefings, webinars, publications, social media strategies, website design, and development of materials such as videos, infographics and one-pagers. Mr. Harris also provides staff support for the Board's Reporting and Dissemination Committee.

Ebony Walton

Statistician, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Ebony Walton has served as a statistician for the National Center for Education Statistics for over five years. Working in the Assessment Division, she is part of the reporting and dissemination team for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). She coordinates technical reviews of all NAEP reports and is the content specialist for the NAEP Science and Arts Report Cards. Ms. Walton manages NAEP’s Publications, Outreach, Operations, and Dissemination Support contract and provides technical guidance to NAEP’s Web and Technology contractor. She received both a Master in Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the College of William and Mary.


Kathi R. Levin

Policy and Legislative Liaison, National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Kathi R. Levin, a national leader in arts education for over 20 years, is an ongoing consultant with the National Art Education Association, managing a portfolio which supports the association’s policy, advocacy, research, national standards, and leadership development efforts. She is the Program/Development Officer for NAEA's grant-making National Art Education Foundation and consults with organizations in arts education, strategic planning, management, and governance. Her clients have included the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Americans for the Arts. Ms. Levin was Director of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network for over a decade where she conceived of and wrote A Community Audit for Arts Education (the foundation of the Center’s "Any Given Child" Initiative), and managed outreach and leadership development initiatives, including over 25 national partnerships. She previously served as a senior staff member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 

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