Study: Many Minn. Schools Struggle to Meet Arts Ed Mandates

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Minnesota has some of the highest standards for arts education in the country, but schools don't always meet those lofty expectations.

As schools work to increase student test scores in math, science and reading, arts education is often pushed aside, according to a survey to be released today by the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

According to the survey, fewer than half of all middle and high schools, and only 28 percent of elementary schools offer all of the required arts, drama, music and dance classes.

Even in school districts that are committed to providing arts education on par with math, science and reading, there have been subtle shifts that have affected the arts.

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district, for example, has pushed students into more English, math and science classes.

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