Why is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success? Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement is designed to answer these and other questions. It describes in nontechnical terms what the research says about how study of the arts contributes to academic achievement and student success. It offers reporting of the multiple benefits associated with students’ learning experiences in the arts. In short, it “makes the case for the arts” based on educational research.