Some key findings include:
- While music and visual art are widely available in some form, six percent of the nation’s public elementary schools offer no specific instruction in music, and 17 percent offer no specific instruction in the visual arts.
- Nine percent of public secondary schools reported that they did not offer music, and 11 percent did not offer the visual arts.
- Only three percent offer any specific dance instruction and only four percent offer any specific theatre instruction in elementary schools, down from 20 percent from 1999-2000.
- In secondary schools, 12 percent offer dance and 45 percent offer theatre.
- ED Releases New Report on Arts Education in U.S. Public Schools by Cameron Brenchley at Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education
- Ten Years Later: A Puzzling Picture of Arts Education in America by Narric Rome at ARTSblog
- Arts Instruction Still Widely Available, But Disparities Persist by Erik Robelen at Education Week
- Report: Arts Classes at Elementary Schools Reduced by Christine Armario at Associated Press
- NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth by the National Endowment for the Arts