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Table 6. Among public elementary schools that offered instruction in various arts subjects, percent and standard error reporting that arts specialists were employed to provide instruction in the arts subjects, by school characteristics: School year 200910
 
School characteristic Music1 Visual arts2 Dance3 Drama/theatre4
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
                 
All public elementary schools 91 (1.0) 84 (1.5) 57 (8.0) 42 (9.9)
                 
Enrollment size                
Less than 300 86 (2.4) 78 (3.8) 100 (†) (†)
300 to 499 95 (1.2) 88 (1.9) 57 (10.3) 29! (12.6)
500 or more 91 (1.5) 84 (2.3) 47 (11.7) 55 (13.8)
Community type                
City 93 (1.8) 86 (2.3) 62 (10.4) 41! (15.0)
Suburban 94 (1.5) 86 (2.5) (†) 48! (19.8)
Town 89 (3.2) 83 (4.0) (†) 77! (26.7)
Rural 88 (1.9) 79 (3.3) 78! (27.1) (†)
Region                
Northeast 96 (1.3) 96 (2.4) 72 (14.8) 30! (14.8)
Southeast 93 (2.0) 92 (2.2) 100 (†) (†)
Central 95 (1.9) 93 (1.8) (†) (†)
West 83 (2.6) 56 (4.3) 44 (13.0) 52! (16.4)
Percent combined
enrollment of Black and
other races/ethnicities
5
               
Less than 6 percent 93 (2.3) 88 (3.0) 80 (23.8) (†)
6 to 20 percent 96 (1.4) 90 (2.4) (†) (†)
21 to 49 percent 88 (2.5) 77 (3.3) (†) 51! (22.3)
50 percent or more 90 (2.0) 81 (2.6) 67 (10.1) 54 (12.8)
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch
               
0 to 25 percent 98 (0.9) 89 (2.4) (†) 47! (16.7)
26 to 50 percent 93 (1.6) 87 (2.2) (†) (†)
51 to 75 percent 90 (2.0) 78 (3.0) 65 (16.7) 54! (21.7)
76 percent or more 85 (3.1) 81 (3.2) 70 (13.6) 44! (17.2)
† Not applicable.
! 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.
5 Other races/ethnicities include Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
NOTE: 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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