State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education
Position Statement
Data Collection and State Longitudinal Data Systems

The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education believe that the collection of common key data on K-12 public education by all states is critical to monitor and improve students’ opportunity to learn in all core subjects, including the arts (dance, music, theatre and visual arts/media arts). We, therefore, urge all states to collect and disaggregate data annually in the following three dimensions as part of state and federal longitudinal data systems:

· School attended
· Courses and instructional modes in which students are enrolled
· Instructional hours per year
· Grade level
· Based on assigned unique student ID codes

· Instructional assignments (courses/subjects), including assignments out of licensed area
· Grade level(s)
· School(s) of assignment
· Licensure/certification(s)held including indicator if multiple subject/generalist teacher is providing instruction for an art discipline
· Based on assigned unique teacher ID codes

· Reporting of instructional offerings/courses at all levels grade levels
· Students enrolled
· Teacher assigned
· Based on common state/national course codes and descriptors

In addition, we urge states to implement periodically, recurring, research-based surveys designed to capture qualitative and quantitative data in other key dimensions of students’ and teachers’ opportunity to learn, including the availability of appropriate discipline-specific facilities, funding, curriculum and standards, professional development and community engagement.

Approved October 4, 2009 @ Cambridge, Massachusetts meeting
Posted 10-14-09