In the early 2000s, there was considerable discussion about the role of the arts in public education, but very little information about its status in New Jersey. To answer this need, The New Jersey Arts Education Census Project was launched in the 2005/2006 school year.
The purpose of the project was to gather, evaluate and disseminate qualitative and quantitative data regarding arts education in the state. The Census Project was designed to document arts education in every school in the state through a statewide mandated survey, then combine the survey findings with other information to create a 360 degree view of arts education.
The 2006 Census Project established a baseline, and in 2011 the statewide survey was relaunched to provide comparative data. This report is a summary of the changes in arts education policy and delivery that have occurred in five years. The intent is to provide decision makers and the public with a clear picture of where arts education is headed in the State of New Jersey.