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Table 59. Percent and standard error for public elementary school classroom teachers reporting that they somewhat or strongly agreed with statements about arts instruction at their currently assigned school, by school characteristics: School year 200910
 
School characteristic I consider instruction in the arts an
important part of the school's curriculum
Students look forward to instruction
or activities that involve the arts
Arts specialists should be
responsible for arts instruction
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
             
All public elementary school
classroom teachers
89 (1.3) 94 (1.0) 82 (1.4)
             
Enrollment size            
Less than 300 93 (2.4) 96 (2.0) 85 (3.8)
300 to 499 89 (2.2) 95 (1.4) 84 (2.3)
500 or more 88 (1.8) 92 (1.6) 81 (2.2)
Community type            
City 88 (2.1) 91 (2.2) 80 (2.8)
Suburban 91 (1.9) 94 (1.8) 81 (2.8)
Town 87 (3.6) 96 (1.9) 84 (3.6)
Rural 88 (2.5) 94 (1.6) 85 (2.1)
Region            
Northeast 94 (1.9) 95 (1.8) 83 (3.2)
Southeast 88 (2.4) 92 (2.1) 85 (2.8)
Central 93 (2.2) 95 (1.7) 86 (2.4)
West 84 (2.4) 94 (1.9) 77 (2.9)
Percent combined
enrollment of Black and
other races/ethnicities
1
           
Less than 6 percent 92 (2.8) 94 (2.6) 87 (2.8)
6 to 20 percent 88 (3.2) 90 (2.7) 86 (2.3)
21 to 49 percent 92 (2.0) 98 (0.9) 84 (2.8)
50 percent or more 86 (2.3) 92 (1.9) 77 (2.8)
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch
           
0 to 25 percent 87 (2.8) 94 (2.0) 87 (2.9)
26 to 50 percent 93 (2.6) 93 (2.6) 85 (2.6)
51 to 75 percent 89 (2.1) 97 (1.3) 78 (3.3)
76 percent or more 87 (2.8) 90 (2.5) 80 (2.6)
1 Other races/ethnicities include Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
NOTE: Classroom teachers are teachers of self-contained classrooms; these teachers could teach arts areas as separate subjects or incorporate arts areas into other 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Arts Survey of Elementary School Classroom Teachers,” FRSS 102C, 2009–10.

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