This New York Sun headline from today's edition is inaccurate, and the Sun will be publishing a correction.
The Sun misread our student survey, publishing the percentage of students who said they participated in arts activities before or after school rather than the number who said they took classes.
In reality, 46% of students said they took at least one class in visual arts this year; 37% of students took at least one music class; 15% of students took at least one dance class; and 12% of took at least one theater class.
To supplement these classes, many students said they participated in arts activities before or after school or during free periods, including 27% in visual arts programs-the number from which the Sun's headline derives. Here's the link to the survey.
Given that New York City high school students are required to take only one year of arts, these participation rates for last year are good news.
NYC Department of Education