New York City Schools Chancellor Cathleen P. Black and NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin announced on March 3rd the release of the fourth Annual Arts in Schools Report.
The report illustrates the current state of arts education in New York City public schools, presenting citywide data on student participation in arts programs during the school year. The Arts in Schools Report identifies areas where schools excel or need improvement based on the ArtsCount criteria, introduced in 2007 to bring greater accountability and transparency to arts education in New York City. The 2009-10 Report demonstrates that arts education has remained a priority throughout city public schools, despite budgetary cuts to individual schools’ spending.
Findings from the Annual Arts in Schools Report 2009-2010:
· On average, individual school spending on arts education has remained consistent at approximately 2.9% of school budgets from FY07 to FY10.
· The Chancellor’s Endorsed Arts Diploma went to 653 High School students in 2009 and 857 students in 2010, an increase of 31%.
· Middle schools continued to make progress in providing a quality arts education. From 2008-09 to 2009-10, the percentage of middle schools across the City offering at least two disciplines in arts instruction increased from 83% to 87%.
· From 2006-07 to 2009-10, 96% of elementary schools offered at least two disciplines to all grades served (1st-5th), an increase from 85% of schools.