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Table 2. Among public elementary schools that offered instruction in various arts subjects, percentage distribution and standard
error reporting selected program characteristics for the subjects: School year 200910
 
Program characteristic Music1 Visual arts2 Dance3 Drama/theatre4
Percent Standard
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Frequency of instruction                
At least once a week 93 (0.8) 85 (1.3) 53 (7.7) 58 (9.8)
Every day 5 (0.6) 2 (0.5) (†) (†)
3 to 4 times a week 10 (1.1) 6 (1.1) (†) (†)
1 to 2 times a week 78 (1.3) 76 (1.7) 51 (7.7) 48 (9.8)
Less than once a week 7 (0.8) 15 (1.2) 47 (7.7) 42 (9.8)
Portion of school year instruction is offered                
Entire school year 93 (0.9) 87 (1.5) 48 (9.3) 46 (9.8)
Half the school year 3 (0.6) 5 (1.0) 20! (8.4) 14! (5.9)
One-quarter of the year 2 (0.4) 2 (0.5) (†) 17! (6.9)
Less than one-quarter of the year 2 (0.5) 5 (0.8) 25! (8.0) 23! (8.7)
Other # (†) # (†) (†) (†)
Primary space used for instruction                
Dedicated room(s) with special equipment 77 (1.6) 68 (1.7) 24 (7.1) 34 (8.1)
Dedicated room(s) with no special equipment 6 (0.9) 8 (1.0) (†) (†)
Gymnasium, auditorium, or cafeteria 5 (0.9) 2! (0.5) 66 (9.5) 28 (7.9)
Regular classrooms only 11 (1.3) 22 (1.7) (†) 30 (7.8)
Other 1! (0.2) 1! (0.3) (†) (†)
Type of instructor employed                
Full- or part-time arts specialist 91 (1.0) 84 (1.5) 57 (8.0) 42 (9.9)
Classroom teacher 12 (1.2) 21 (1.7) 31 (8.3) 47 (9.2)
Artist-in-Residence 2 (0.5) 4 (0.8) 36 (8.4) 18! (6.5)
Other faculty member or volunteer 5 (1.0) 9 (1.2) 27 (7.8) 16! (6.3)
Had district curriculum guide that teachers were expected to follow                
Yes 86 (1.2) 83 (1.5) 49 (11.1) 46 (7.3)
No 14 (1.2) 17 (1.5) 51 (11.1) 54 (7.3)
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution; the coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to 30 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Percents are based on the 94 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction designated specifically for music during regular school hours in the 2009–10 school year.
2 Percents are based on the 83 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction designated specifically for visual arts during regular school hours in the 2009–10 school year.
3 Percents are based on the 3 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction designated specifically for dance during regular school hours in the 2009–10 school year.
4 Percents are based on the 4 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction designated specifically for drama/theatre during regular school hours in the 2009–10 school year.
NOTE: Respondents could report more than one type of arts instructors. Arts specialists are education professionals with a teaching certificate in an arts discipline—such as music, visual arts, dance, or drama/theatre—who provide separate instruction in that discipline.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Elementary School Arts Education Survey: Fall 2009,” FRSS 100, 2009–10.

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