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Table 72. Among public secondary schools that offered instruction in various arts subjects, number and standard error for total course enrollments in various arts subjects, and of those enrollments, percent and standard error accounted for by the various arts subject areas, by school characteristics: School year 200809
 
School characteristic Total enrollments in arts education courses Percent of total arts education enrollments:1
Music Visual arts Dance Drama/theatre
Number
(in millions)
Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
Percent Standard
error
                     
All public secondary schools 16.76 (409,000) 43 (0.5) 46 (0.5) 3 (0.4) 8 (0.4)
                     
Enrollment size                    
Less than 500 3.18 (185,000) 45 (1.2) 46 (1.0) 2! (0.7) 7 (1.2)
500 to 999 6.71 (230,000) 46 (0.8) 45 (0.8) 2 (0.5) 7 (0.7)
1,000 or more 6.86 (265,000) 39 (0.9) 46 (1.0) 5 (0.6) 10 (0.6)
Community type                    
City 3.92 (160,000) 42 (1.1) 44 (1.2) 4 (0.6) 10 (0.8)
Suburban 6.41 (298,000) 41 (0.9) 47 (0.9) 4 (0.7) 8 (0.7)
Town 2.04 (144,000) 45 (1.2) 46 (1.0) 2! (0.8) 7 (0.9)
Rural 4.01 (192,000) 45 (1.1) 45 (0.9) 2 (0.6) 7 (1.1)
Region                    
Northeast 4.24 (339,000) 44 (1.0) 49 (1.2) 3! (0.8) 4 (0.7)
Southeast 3.00 (284,000) 44 (1.1) 44 (0.9) 3 (0.5) 8 (0.8)
Central 4.65 (317,000) 45 (1.1) 47 (1.0) 2! (0.7) 6 (0.7)
West 4.26 (256,000) 38 (1.3) 43 (1.1) 5 (0.6) 14 (0.9)
Percent combined
enrollment of Black and
other races/ethnicities
2
                   
Less than 6 percent 3.32 (264,000) 44 (0.9) 47 (1.1) 2! (1.0) 6 (0.8)
6 to 20 percent 5.04 (325,000) 45 (0.8) 47 (0.9) 3 (0.6) 6 (0.5)
21 to 49 percent 3.71 (246,000) 42 (1.1) 46 (0.9) 2 (0.4) 10 (0.9)
50 percent or more 4.69 (310,000) 41 (1.4) 43 (1.0) 5 (0.8) 10 (1.0)
Percent of students
eligible for free or
reduced-price lunch
                   
0 to 25 percent 6.03 (316,000) 42 (0.7) 47 (0.8) 3 (0.6) 8 (0.8)
26 to 50 percent 5.49 (398,000) 45 (0.8) 45 (0.9) 3 (0.5) 8 (0.6)
51 to 75 percent 3.62 (251,000) 42 (1.3) 45 (1.4) 3 (0.8) 10 (1.0)
76 percent or more 1.62 (183,000) 44 (2.0) 45 (1.7) 4! (0.4) 7 (1.1)
! Interpret data with caution; the coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to 30 percent.
1 Percents are based on total course enrollments in arts education courses.
2 Other races/ethnicities include Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
NOTE: The 2009–10 survey asked about student enrollment in arts subjects during the previous school year.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Secondary School Arts Education Survey: Fall 2009,” FRSS 101, 2009–10.

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