Arts Education in LA County, 2005-13

Despite funding challenges in recent years, arts instruction offerings have remained fairly constant in LA County public school districts.

How do we know that? 

Data on arts courses, enrollment and teachers is collected by the California Department of Education and reported for each district on their DataQuest website. Arts for All has compiled this information into downloadable tables. We’re making these tables available to the public and encourage you to use them in your own analysis and planning work. We are interested in tracking how this information is applied so if you use these tables or data, please let us know.

We’ve also analyzed the data and summarized our key findings. We found that between the 2005-06 and 2012-13 school years:

  • The average number of arts classes offered rose from 122 per district to 138 per district
  • The median number of arts instructors rose from 10.8 to 11.2 per district
  • The median number of students enrolled in arts classes fell from 1,613 to 1,554 per district
  • Median class size fell from 33.6 students per class to 30.0 per class


A note on methods

“Arts instruction” was defined here in the same way it was defined in the 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy. This includes all courses coded as:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Web Design 

Arts-related courses coded under AP, CTE, Physical Education or other categories were excluded. As a result, these figures may in fact understate the total amount of arts education offered in LA County public schools.

If you have any questions about our methods or data, please contact our Research and Evaluation Manager, Bronwyn Mauldin.