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Table 129. Among public elementary schools that offered instruction in various arts subjects, percent and standard error reporting selected program characteristics for the subjects: School year 19992000
 
Program characteristic Music1 Visual arts2 Dance3 Drama/theatre4
Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Percent Standard
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Frequency of instruction5                
At least once a week 93 (1.1) 85 (1.9) 23 (3.8) 21 (3.6)
Every day 6 (1.2) 3 (0.8) (†) (†)
3 to 4 times a week 14 (1.6) 9 (1.2) 2! (1.2) 5! (2.1)
1 to 2 times a week 73 (1.9) 73 (2.2) 21 (3.8) 14 (3.6)
Less than once a week 7 (1.1) 15 (1.9) 77 (3.8) 79 (3.6)
Portion of school year instruction is offered5                
Entire school year 93 (1.2) 88 (1.5) 37 (4.8) 35 (5.3)
Half the school year 4 (0.9) 5 (1.0) 4! (1.6) 5! (1.9)
One-quarter of the year 1! (0.3) 3 (0.7) 14 (3.4) 11 (3.1)
Less than one-quarter of the year 2! (0.6) 3 (0.6) 37 (4.7) 33 (4.9)
Other 1! (0.3) 2! (0.8) 8! (2.4) 15 (3.7)
Primary space used for instruction5                
Dedicated room(s) with special equipment 67 (2.1) 56 (2.3) 14 (2.9) 12 (2.9)
Dedicated room(s) with no special equipment 7 (1.1) 8 (1.4) (†) 8! (3.1)
Gymnasium, auditorium, or cafeteria 10 (1.2) 3 (0.7) 58 (5.5) 31 (4.6)
Regular classrooms only 15 (1.5) 33 (2.2) 22 (4.1) 47 (5.0)
Other 1! (0.5) 1! (0.5) (†) (†)
Type of instructor employed6                
Full- or part-time arts specialist 89 (1.5) 72 (2.0) 38 (5.3) 24 (3.9)
Classroom teacher 11 (1.4) 26 (1.9) 41 (5.0) 62 (4.2)
Artist-in-residence 3! (0.9) 6 (0.9) 15 (3.6) 15 (3.3)
Other faculty member or volunteer 4 (0.9) 6 (1.0) 20 (4.1) 17 (3.8)
Had district curriculum guide that teachers were expected to follow5                
Yes 81 (1.7) 78 (2.0) 49 (4.7) 36 (4.8)
No 19 (1.7) 22 (2.0) 51 (4.7) 64 (4.8)
† 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 in music during regular school hours in the 1999–2000 school year.
2 Percents are based on the 87 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction in visual arts during regular school hours in the 1999–2000 school year.
3 Percents are based on the 20 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction in dance during regular school hours in the 1999–2000 school year.
4 Percents are based on the 20 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction in drama/theatre during regular school hours in the 1999–2000 school year.
5 Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
6 Schools could employ more than one type of instructor to teach arts subjects. 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.
NOTE: The data presented in this table may differ from previously published information because missing data from the 1999–2000 surveys were imputed for analysis in this report.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Elementary School Arts Education Survey: Fall 1999,” FRSS 67E, 1999–2000.

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