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Study Says Arts Education in NYC Public Schools is Paying Off

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Nov 23, 2015

New York City’s efforts to boost art instruction in the public schools are paying off, a report by the state controller's office shows. The study, completed earlier this month by New York State Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli's office, examined city Education Department data showing 95% of surveyed 2014 city high school grads completed mandatory arts lessons, up from roughly half of students who completed the lessons in a similar 2011 audit.

City Education officials said the huge increase in kids who met state art standards was partially due to better tracking. But an extra $23 million for arts instruction in the education department's 2015 budget has paid for new art teachers, programs and facilities in the public schools this year, said Paul King, executive director of the department's Office of Arts and Special Projects.

A new training program for teachers, called Arts Mondays, provides monthly sessions in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.

"The new Arts Mondays program is a critical piece of our work to give support to teachers in providing all students with rich and rigorous arts learning," King said. "This brand-new program brings our art teachers together to share best practices, reflect on their own work with colleagues, and learn from each other."

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