Key Findings

Below are some key points found through the "Building a Legacy" study on arts education in Minnesota.

"Building a Legacy:" Key findings

While access to arts programs is nearly universal (99% of schools) less than half of all middle and high schools and only 28% of elementary schools provide the required number of arts areas.

Assessment of student skills and knowledge is mostly driven by teacher-developed assessments with fewer than 3 in 10 schools reporting district developed assessments in the arts.

92% of elementary, 77% of middle and 49% of high school students participate in at least one arts area in one year, with music and visual arts having the highest enrollments.

Nearly all schools (92%) use licensed arts teachers (full time or part-time) as the primary provider of music and visual arts instruction.

Nearly 2/3 of schools spend less than $10 per pupil per year for arts instructional materials. At the elementary level, the per-pupil arts spending is only 2 cents per day.

To support direct arts instruction, 23% of all schools reported using outside funding to offset budget decreases and nearly half of all schools charge fees for extracurricular arts activities.

While 46% of all schools report using arts integration as a teaching strategy, only 15% reported using this strategy on a regular basis. 67% of schools indicate a desire to introduce or increase arts integration.

93% of all schools reported providing students field trips to museums, theaters, musical performances and exhibitions to engage in artistic experiences.

87% of schools have aligned their curriculum with the state arts standards.

Nearly half of all high schools include the arts in School Improvement Plans.

75% of schools report having no arts coordinator in their school or district.

Building a Legacy

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