You Really Can’t Stop the Beat – the Arts are Alive & Kicking in Public Schools (For Now)
|May 2, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Education, Policy||
In April, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the release of findings from a Congressionally mandated study on arts education in elementary and secondary public schools, calling it “an important milestone in arts education in our nation,” as it is “the first survey in a decade that carefully documents the state of arts education in the United States.” The study, which included public school students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, looked at the degree to which students received education in arts (music, dance, drama and visual arts) and variables related to both the work/learning environment and the instructors. Findings include,
- In 2009-10, 94 percent of elementary schools offered music education and instruction, 83 percent offered instruction in visual arts, 4 percent offered drama/theater instruction, and 3 percent offered dance.
- During the 2008-09 school year, 91 percent if secondary schools offered music education and instruction, 89 percent offered visual arts, 45 percent drama, and 12 percent dance.
- 57 percent of secondary schools required completion of coursework in the arts as a condition of gradation during the 2009-10 school year.
The complete report, Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999–2000 and 2009–10 is available for download at the National Center on Education Statistics website. For more information on how to advocate for arts education in Pennsylvania schools, check out the recent report from the Arts and Education Initiative (AEI) of the Harrisburg-based Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).
Report citation: Parsad, B., and Spiegelman, M. (2012). Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999–2000 and 2009–10 (NCES 2012–014). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.