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Table 17. Percent and standard error for public elementary schools reporting a district-level arts coordinator, various ways that arts programs and instruction were assessed, and the inclusion of arts education in mission statements or school improvement plans, by school characteristics: School year 200910
 
School characteristic District has specialist or coordinator who is responsible for the arts programs offered1 Principal evaluates the arts program in the same way other programs are evaluated1 School conducts standardized assessment of student achievement in the arts1 Principal evaluates full-time arts teachers in the same way other teachers are evaluated2 Arts education is included in mission statements or school improvement plans
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All public elementary schools 66 (1.7) 74 (1.4) 18 (1.4) 94 (0.9) 42 (1.5)
                     
Enrollment size                    
Less than 300 54 (4.3) 76 (3.8) 17 (3.3) 92 (2.5) 46 (3.8)
300 to 499 70 (2.8) 73 (2.3) 20 (2.3) 94 (1.6) 38 (2.3)
500 or more 71 (2.5) 73 (2.3) 18 (1.7) 95 (1.2) 43 (2.2)
Community type                    
City 83 (2.4) 72 (2.7) 20 (2.2) 93 (1.9) 46 (3.3)
Suburban 74 (2.7) 72 (3.0) 21 (2.2) 93 (1.7) 40 (2.7)
Town 48 (4.2) 71 (4.4) 17 (3.6) 95 (2.6) 37 (4.2)
Rural 52 (3.5) 78 (3.3) 15 (2.6) 95 (1.6) 43 (3.1)
Region                    
Northeast 77 (2.8) 84 (3.0) 19 (3.4) 95 (2.0) 48 (3.9)
Southeast 75 (3.2) 82 (2.1) 24 (2.8) 97 (1.3) 42 (3.0)
Central 58 (3.4) 79 (3.2) 11 (1.8) 97 (1.5) 37 (3.0)
West 60 (2.9) 56 (2.8) 21 (2.8) 88 (2.6) 43 (2.5)
Percent combined
enrollment of Black and
other races/ethnicities
3
                   
Less than 6 percent 46 (3.9) 81 (3.8) 12 (2.6) 96 (1.8) 45 (3.7)
6 to 20 percent 69 (2.8) 80 (2.8) 19 (2.6) 93 (2.0) 40 (3.2)
21 to 49 percent 68 (3.1) 69 (2.9) 23 (2.9) 97 (1.9) 39 (3.2)
50 percent or more 75 (2.8) 69 (2.7) 18 (2.3) 91 (1.8) 45 (2.8)
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch
                   
0 to 25 percent 69 (3.7) 77 (2.8) 23 (3.3) 94 (1.8) 43 (3.4)
26 to 50 percent 62 (3.2) 74 (3.1) 16 (2.5) 96 (1.7) 45 (3.3)
51 to 75 percent 61 (2.8) 71 (2.5) 15 (2.2) 92 (2.0) 39 (3.4)
76 percent or more 74 (3.2) 74 (3.3) 21 (3.2) 94 (1.8) 41 (2.9)
1 Percents are based on the 97 percent of public elementary schools that reported instruction in the arts during regular school hours in the 2009–10 school year.
2 Percents are based on the 75 percent of public elementary schools that reported having a full-time arts specialist at the school in the 2009–10 school year.
3 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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