Published Online: June 10, 2014
Published in Print: June 11, 2014, as Arts Education

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"Evaluating the Effect of No Child Left Behind on U.S. Music Course Enrollments"

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Despite fears that the arts have been crowded out of schools by the No Child Left Behind law's emphasis on reading and mathematics, public high school music enrollment rates have remained flat for about three decades, according to a new study in the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Study author Kenneth Elpus of the University of Maryland, College Park, combed through 229,830 high school transcripts from nationally representative, federal data collected in 10 different years between 1982 and 2009 to find that at least one-third of students consistently take at least one class in music prior to graduation.

During that same period, the percentage of graduating students who had taken four years of music increased, from 5 percent to 9 percent. However, rates for some minority groups, such as Hispanics, dropped after the passage of the law in 2001.

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