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The State of Art Education 2020

For the past two years, 2018 and 2019, we have conducted the largest survey of K-12 art teachers in the United States. Our goal is to share what it means to be an art teacher in the 21st Century.

Well, for 2020 we did it again! In December 2019, over 1500 art educators from each of the fifty states answered questions about everything from how they plan their lessons to educational initiatives to how often they feel “burned-out.”

For the third year in a row, we are thrilled to share all the results with you. See the “top ten” most insightful takeaways below. Then, download the full report with all thirty-six questions here.

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Top 10 Most Insightful Takeaways from 2020

1. Social and Emotional Learning is critical.

Social and Emotional Learning

2. We have a lot of responsibility.

Most of us are solo

3. Ready? Set? Go!

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4. We know money doesn’t grow on trees.

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5. On a scale of 1-10, on average, educators chose a 5 when it comes to student choice.

The golden ratio

6. We can’t keep burning the candle at both ends.

Burned out

7. The earlier the better.


8. Our resumes are robust.


9. There are peaks and valleys.

Peaks and Valleys

10. You are not alone.

United States

This is just a snapshot of all the facets of being in art education. Don’t forget to download the full report for even more insight. Most importantly, keep on doing what you are doing for you and your students.

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The 2019 State of Art Education

The 2018 State of Art Education 

Which survey result did you find the most surprising (or unsurprising)?

Do you share similar experiences in your day-to-day teaching experiences?



Megan Dehner is the Senior Editor of the Magazine and a FLEX Curriculum Content Lead at AOEU. With experience at all learning levels, she is passionate about the practice of creativity regardless of any talent or barrier.