Looking for info about arts education offered in your school?
You’ve come to the right place.
How do parents or community members know their students have access to arts education in their schools? It has been challenging to find the answer. Under both state and federal law, schools and districts must report students’ access to arts courses and instruction to the state.
What Arts Education Does Your School Offer?
Here are some quick tips on how to navigate all of that information:
Look for the Blue Question Marks
Does Your School Provide the Required Arts Education Access?
HIGH SCHOOL DATA FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
This study covers one year of data from the 2016/2017 school year, in High Schools grades 9 through 12, from 482 public and charter schools serving 252,181 students. No private schools are included. Information on more grades will become available over time.
HOW THE LACK OF REPORTING IS SKEWING THE DATA.
24% of Minnesota’s High Schools did not report. This is skewing the data. For example, we can definitively say 20% of high schools ARE providing the three arts disciplines required by state law. But since 24% of schools have not reported at all, we’re not quite sure if the real number is higher or lower than that. If you check your school and find nothing there, urge your school board and staff to get their report in to the Department of Education.“DNR” Means “DID NOT REPORT.”
VISUAL ARTS AND MEDIA ARTS ARE COMBINED AS “VISUAL ARTS.”
Also, FYI, although a few schools are offering dance, when rounded in the statewide data it will often show as “0%.
NEW PARTNERSHIP HELPS FIND ANSWERS
Creative Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Education and the Perpich Center for Arts Education formed a new partnership this year to bring this information to light. The data will give parents and communities new tools to understand if their young people have equitable access to arts education.