Richard Dodson, assistant professor at Murray State University, is conducting research on the effect No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has had on performing arts education in Kentucky schools since its enactment in January 2002.

The study also will focus on what Kentucky performing arts educators believe will happen for their programs as a result of Kentucky’s recent waiver from NCLB. In this study, performing arts are defined as dance, music, theatre, visual arts and playwriting programs. 

Educators from every Kentucky school that has one or more of these programs, whether private, magnet or public, are invited to participate. A survey may be accessed at The survey will be available through April 1. It should take only about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Participation is voluntary, and all responses on this survey will be anonymous.