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Visual arts coursetaking

As part of the 2008 arts assessment, students in the eighth-grade were asked how often they take art courses in school.

Percentage of students at grade 8, by their responses to questions about visual arts activities: 1997 and 2008
  Percentage of students
Question 1997 2008

Are you taking an art course now, or have you taken an art course this year?

48 45

Do either you or your teacher save your artwork in a portfolio?

50 54
View complete data with standard errors for each of the questions regarding taking an art course, and saving artwork in a portfolio.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1997 and 2008 Arts Assessments.

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