September 20, 2017 | Number of The Day
NJ schools offering arts education

Some 99 percent of New Jersey schools offered arts programs to their students in 2015-2016, according to new census report, “Arts Ed Now: Every Child, Every School.” The report also indicates that the state is on the way to achieving “universal access” to arts education, with 99.4 percent of all students given the opportunity to take an arts class. Roughly 76 percent of those students (about 1 million) availed themselves of that opportunity.

How close is New Jersey to universal access? The census showed that only 26 schools statewide (serving 9,160 students) reported offering no arts instruction, a dramatic reduction from a decade ago when more than 77,000 students did not have access.