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No decline in music and arts classes, federal survey says



Art Could it be that persistent cries about narrowing curriculum (or at least persistent fears) are over blown?

The latest installment of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the nation’s report card, makes you wonder. NAEP surveyed administrators as part of its 2008 arts and music assessment, which was given to a nationally representative sample of eighth graders.

According to results released this morning, 57 percent of administrators in 2008 said their students were getting music instruction at least three or four times a week, up from 43 percent in 1997, the last time the test and survey were administered. In the arts, 47 percent said their students were receiving instruction at that frequency, down from 52 percent in 1997.

The NAEP folks say those are not statistically significant changes. They also say there were no significant changes for students of different races.

As with other recent reports that looked at the narrowing curriculum issue, there is no state-by-state breakdown. Sigh.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter (Times file photo)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:26am]


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