California: New Statewide Arts Education Database Highlights Gaps in Hopes Of Spurring Change
From KPCC Radio:
Last school year, 101,374 students attending California schools had no access to arts instruction at school, according to data released Thursday by a statewide arts education collaborative. That’s just 3 percent of students who had not a single arts course offered at their school.
But if you examine the data through the lens of the little-known part of the education code that references arts instruction, the picture is much more bleak.
The statewide arts coalition Create CA, in partnership with the California Department of Education and the nationwide Arts Education Data Project, released the findings Thursday along with a first-of-its-kind online database that slices arts instruction offerings by county, school district and individual school sites. The goal is to give school leaders, arts advocates and parents a clear picture of the state of arts education in California and hopefully increase access.
The source of the data is student enrollment in arts courses at specific school sites for grades 6 to 12 submitted to the state’s data system for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
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