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Table 149. Percentage distribution and standard error for public elementary school music specialists, visual arts specialists, and classroom teachers reporting how frequently they participated in activities related to teaching: School year 19992000
 
Activity Never A few times a year Once a month 2 to 3 times a month At least once a week
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
                     
Music specialist                    
Common planning period with regular classroom teachers 74 (2.4) 19 (2.2) 2 (0.5) 1! (0.5) 4! (1.4)
Common planning period with other arts specialists at this
school
55 (3.1) 27 (2.5) 5 (1.0) 3! (0.8) 11 (1.8)
Consulting with classroom teachers to help them integrate music into a lesson or unit of study that they teach 34 (3.1) 49 (2.6) 10 (1.5) 5 (1.2) 3! (0.9)
Collaborating with other teachers on designing and teaching an interdisciplinary lesson or unit of study that includes music 48 (3.1) 43 (2.8) 5 (1.1) 4 (1.0) (†)
Sharing ideas about teaching with other teachers outside your assigned school(s) 16 (1.8) 50 (2.9) 17 (2.2) 7 (1.6) 9 (1.7)
Visiting classrooms of colleagues who teach music 63 (3.0) 32 (2.8) 4 (1.1) (†) (†)
Participating in site-based management or school improvement teams or leadership councils 58 (3.1) 24 (2.7) 13 (1.8) 3! (0.9) 2! (0.8)
Providing input in the preparation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students with special needs 65 (2.8) 30 (2.8) 3! (1.2) 1! (0.5) (†)
                     
Visual arts specialist                    
Common planning period with regular classroom teachers 61 (3.4) 28 (2.9) 6 (1.6) 2! (0.7) 3 (0.9)
Common planning period with other arts specialists at this school 59 (2.8) 22 (2.7) 5 (1.4) 4 (1.0) 10 (1.9)
Consulting with classroom teachers to help them integrate visual arts into a lesson or unit of study that they teach 22 (2.2) 45 (3.0) 17 (2.3) 10 (1.8) 6 (1.6)
Collaborating with other teachers on designing and teaching an interdisciplinary lesson or unit of study that includes visual arts 29 (2.8) 48 (3.5) 13 (1.9) 7 (1.3) 4 (0.9)
Sharing ideas about teaching with other teachers outside your assigned school(s) 21 (2.1) 49 (2.8) 19 (2.5) 7 (1.2) 4 (0.9)
Visiting classrooms of colleagues who teach visual arts 65 (2.9) 27 (2.5) 4 (1.2) 2! (0.8) 1! (0.6)
Participating in site-based management or school improvement teams or leadership councils 47 (3.1) 30 (2.9) 13 (1.6) 7 (1.8) 2! (0.9)
Providing input in the preparation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students with special needs 60 (3.0) 31 (2.6) 3! (0.9) 4 (1.2) 1! (0.7)
Classroom teacher                    
Common planning period with the arts specialist(s) at this school1 72 (2.4) 22 (2.0) 1! (0.5) 2! (0.6) 2! (0.9)
Seeking help from the arts specialist(s) about how to integrate the arts into a lesson or unit of study that you teach1 46 (2.3) 46 (2.6) 5 (1.1) 3 (0.7) (†)
Collaborating with the arts specialist(s) on designing and teaching an interdisciplinary lesson or unit of study that includes the arts1 62 (2.0) 30 (2.1) 3 (0.9) 3 (0.9) 2! (0.7)
Attending/observing classes that the arts specialist(s) teach(es) to your students1 61 (2.5) 26 (2.0) 3! (1.2) 5 (1.1) 5 (0.9)
Common planning period with other classroom teachers 14 (1.5) 18 (1.9) 11 (1.4) 14 (1.6) 43 (2.1)
Sharing ideas about teaching with other teachers outside this school 13 (1.5) 51 (2.5) 15 (1.6) 9 (1.5) 11 (1.5)
Participating in site-based management or school improvement teams or leadership councils 23 (1.8) 38 (2.4) 22 (1.9) 13 (1.4) 5 (0.8)
Providing input in the preparation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students with special needs 13 (1.5) 59 (2.4) 15 (1.4) 8 (1.5) 4 (0.8)
† 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 89 percent of classroom teachers who reported that their school had a music or visual arts specialist.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. 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. 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. Classroom teachers are teachers of self-contained classrooms; these teachers could teach arts areas as separate subjects or incorporate arts areas into other subjects.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Survey of Elementary School Music Specialists,” FRSS 77M; “Survey of Elementary School Visual Arts Specialists,” FRSS 77VA, and “Arts Survey of Elementary School Classroom Teachers,” FRSS 77C, 1999–2000.

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