Interchange recognizes that what gets measured gets done. To ensure its arts integration collaborative residencies are meeting academic, artistic and professional development goals, Interchange is working with Dr. Rob Horowitz, Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Learning In and Through the Arts at Teachers College at Columbia University, on a five-year formative and summative evaluation of Interchange programming.
Dr. Horowitz is a national leader on arts integration research and is looking at Interchange's ability to:
- Improve student outcomes, including meaningful engagement, academic achievement, artistic achievement, and thinking, social and personal skills.
- Enhance teacher knowledge and skills through partnerships with teaching artists and professional development.
- Impact school climate and culture.
According to the 2010-2011 evaluation report, Interchange is highly effective at providing quality arts integration to participating schools.
- Findings from the Year Three (2010-2011 school year)
- 88% of teachers reported that students were more engaged and motivated to learn because of their participation with Interchange.
- 94% of teachers reported that Interchange helped students understand academic concepts.
- 91% of teachers reported that their students gained self-confidence through Interchange.
- 91% of teachers reported that they learned new teaching techniques or approaches that they will continue to use.
- 97% of teachers reported that the Interchange residency helped them teach academic subjects in new and productive ways.
- 97% of teachers reported they gained new insight into what children can accomplish through the arts.
Archive Evaluation Reports
2009-2010 evaluation report
2008-2009 evaluation report