A new report from New York State Comptroller’s office shows that 95 percent of city high schoolers surveyed in 2014 completed mandatory arts classes. This study shows major improvement from a 2011 audit that found that only half of students received arts instruction.
In part, the improvement is related to a $23 million boost in funds to the Department of Education’s 2015 budget has helped pay for new teachers, programs and facilities, The New York Daily News reported. One of the new monthly programs, Art Mondays, provides teachers training in dance, music theater and visual art.
The city is also doing a better job of tracking whether students and teachers meet the state rules for art education, including minimum instructions levels and requirements for certified arts teachers, according to the News.
Under State Education Dept. regulations, students are to be provided 180 minutes per week, or 108 hours a year, of arts education by certified arts teachers.
In response to the findings, Mayor De Blasio promised to give every child an arts education that meets state standards.