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New York City Department of Education Releases Sixth Annual Arts in Schools Report


Number of Students Who Graduate with Art Credits Continues to Increase

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin today announced the release of the sixth-annual Arts in Schools Report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of arts education in New York City public schools that includes citywide data on student participation in arts programs during the 2011-2012 school year. The Arts in Schools Report identifies areas where schools excel or need improvement based on the ArtsCount criteria, introduced in 2007 to provide greater accountability and transparency for arts education. The report’s findings will be used by administrators and school leaders to continue supporting arts instruction in City schools.

“Involvement in the arts opens up students’ minds to new ways of seeing the world around them, and we remain committed to providing rich and rigorous arts instruction in our schools,” said Chancellor Walcott. “This year’s report demonstrates that despite difficult economic times, school leaders and our cultural partners throughout the City have been successful in maintaining education in the arts for our 1.1 million students.”

“The Arts in Schools Report highlights the Department of Education’s commitment to providing parents, students and educators with information about the role played by the arts in classrooms across the City,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Levin. “Even in tough economic times, we appreciate that cultural partnerships continue to grow and offer our students a wide range of dynamic learning experiences.”

The sixth annual Arts in Schools Report demonstrates that while schools have made significant progress, they must continue to work to meet New York State arts requirements. Last year, school-based art teachers and cultural arts organizations provided annual arts instruction in the four art forms to all grades in roughly 54 percent of elementary schools, up from 40  percent in 2008-2009.

Findings of the 2011-2012 Annual Arts in Schools Report include:

  • 100 percent of elementary schools offered at least one arts discipline provided by arts teachers and cultural organizations in the 2011-2012 school year, the same as in 2010-2011 and 2009-2010.

    • 97 percent of elementary schools offered at least two arts disciplines
    • 91 percent of elementary schools offered at least three arts disciplines
    • 80 percent of elementary schools offered four arts disciplines

  • There was a continued three-year increase in the percentage of high school students who graduated with two or more credits in the arts (98% in 2011-2012, 97% in 2010-2011, and 96% in 2009-2010).

  • City schools partnered with 497 cultural organizations to provide arts instruction in 2011-2012, up from 378 in 2010-2011 and 358 in 2009-2010. 86 percent of schools report working with at least one arts partner during the 2011-12 school year.

  • Spending on the arts increased from $8.9 million in FY11 to $10.5 million in FY12.

Click here to view the complete 2011-2012 Arts in Schools report. Individual school reports can be found on each school’s webpage using the Find a School feature on the Department of Education website.