Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10  is a report released by the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that reports on data collected on student access to arts education and the resources available for such instruction. The study is the third of its kind to provide national data on arts education; the first study was conducted during the 1994-5 school year, and provides baseline data on public schools’ approaches to arts education.


  • Download the full report plus additional supplemental data tables from IES, National Center for Education Statistics (link)
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s prepared remarks on the Report (link)
  • Two page summary of findings, prepared by IES (PDF)


AEP and a coalition of partners–including Americans for the Arts, Educational Theatre Association, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, NAMM, National Dance Education Organization, Quadrant Arts Education Research, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, and Theatre Communications Group–have developed a toolkit for understanding, communicating, and utilizing the Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools report.

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • FAQ (PDF)
  • PowerPoint overview of FRSS survey, findings, and call to action (PPT)
  • What you can do (PDF)


  • Video of the April 2, 2012 Public Release at Myrtilla Miner Elementary School in Washington, D.C. (link)
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Director of the Office of Research and Analysis, Sunil Iyengar’s review of the official numbers on arts education (link)
  • EdWeek coverage of report findings (PDF)
  • Huffington Post coverage of report findings (link)
  • Associated Press coverage of report findings (link)
  • American University Emerging Arts Leaders Blog (link)
  • Educational Theatre Association Blog (link)
  • Americans for the Arts Blog (link)
  • League of American Orchestras Statement (link)