The National Center for Education Statistics has begun to examine extracurricular activities, one observer noted, and it will be important to learn more about when and where they are available, and about discrepancies in access to such opportunities, since they are often expensive. Another participant pointed out that studies of participation in extracurricular arts programs using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study have shown links with civic engagement.

The conversation closed with the observation that while it may be important to measure access to informal learning opportunities and participation in them, the point is not simply to have a sense of general quality of life. Learning outcomes, a participant suggested, should really be the focus.



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