In 2009 the Arizona Arts Education Research Institute (AAERI)–a partnership of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Department of Education, College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona, College of Arts & Letters at Northern Arizona University and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University–commissioned a study of access to arts education in Arizona public schools. Their initial report on this research was published in 2010. Four years later, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Department of Education published an update to the initial report.

2018 Arts Education Data Project Arizona

Prepared by Quadrant Research, the Arts Education Data Project Arizona Executive Summary Report features analysis of all available school enrollment data self-reported through the Arizona Department of Education’s SLDS system by schools across the state, both traditional public schools and charter, grades pre-K through 12 for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years. The data were provided to Quadrant Research for analysis. Each record contained the school, district, course name, grade level, and student enrollment. Additionally, unique enrollment by discipline and unique total arts enrollment data were provided. The unique enrollment used student-level records to determine unique counts of students within a discipline and across all disciplines to eliminate counting students who would be enrolled in more than one course within a discipline or enrolled in courses across multiple disciplines.

Demographic data is from the Common Core of Data file from the National Center for Education Statistics. Specific data element definitions for Free and Reduced Lunch, Locale Codes, and links to Course Codes and Course Code Descriptions may be found in the Appendix.

2010 Arizona Arts Education Census

In the spring of 2009, Quadrant Arts Education Research, on behalf of the Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, began to study the level of arts education in Arizona public schools. Arizona K-12 public school principals were invited to participate in a survey about arts education in their schools. The census results represent 22% of all enrolled students from urban, suburban, rural and charter schools.

2014 Arizona Arts Education Census Update

This update to the 2010 Arizona Arts Education Census provides comparison data on how arts education access has changed between 2009 and 2013 through an analysis of the arts teacher assignments in the 2012/2013 Highly Qualified Teachers database. To prepare this analysis, Quadrant Research was provided with the 2012/2013 Highly Qualified Teacher data for the four arts disciplines (dance, music, theatre and visual arts). In addition, Quadrant had access to the 2008/2009 HQT data for music and visual arts to allow for comparative analysis between the two periods (2009 vs. 2013).