High School Requirements for Arts Education

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Alabama

Regulations Governing Public Schools: Local boards shall offer foreign languages, arts education, physical education, wellness education, career and technical education, and driver education as electives. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-1.02)

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Effective for students in the ninth grade in the 2013-2014 school year, all students shall earn the required credits for the Alabama High School Diploma. [These include] 3 credits [for] required in career and technical education and/or foreign language and/or arts education. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-1.02)

Alaska

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Arizona

Minimum Course of Study: Students shall demonstrate competency as defined by the State Board-adopted Essential Skills, at the grade levels specified, in the required subject areas: 1) Language arts, 2) Literature, 3) Mathematics, 4) Science, 5) Social Studies, 6) Music, 7) Visual Arts, 8) Health/Physical Education, 9) Foreign or native American Languages. (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-301)

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Beginning with the class of 2013, the Board establishes 22 credits as the minimum number necessary for high school graduation. Students shall obtain credits for required subject areas [including] one credit of fine arts or career and technical education and vocational education.  (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-302-02)

Arkansas

Safe, Equitable, and Accountable Public Schools: (d) Every school will offer opportunities for students to be able to study and participate in the visual and performing arts, health and physical education, and languages. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6.15.1005)Core System Requirements: 15-units from the Common Core are required for graduation, which includes 1/2 unit of Fine Arts. (Ark. Code R. § 005.22.006)

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California

Areas of Study, Grades 7-12: The adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, shall offer courses in the following areas of study: (g) Visual and performing arts, including dance, music, theater, and visual arts, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 51220)

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A pupil shall complete all of the following while in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, in order to receive a diploma of graduation from high school: (E) One course in visual or performing arts, foreign language, or, commencing with the 2012–13 school year, career technical education. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 51225.3)

Colorado

On or before December 15, 2011, each local education provider shall review the curricula provided by the public high schools operated by the local education provider in the subject matter areas included in postsecondary and workforce readiness…(b) A local education provider may accommodate the range of student interests and aspirations by adopting multiple curricula that, combined, create multiple postsecondary and workforce readiness programs within a school district or within a high school that are   designed to prepare a student for differing post-graduation goals, including but not limited to immediate entry into the workforce or matriculation into career and technical education or higher education. The local education provider shall ensure, however, that every postsecondary and workforce readiness program adopted by the local education provider: (II) Includes courses in visual arts and performing arts. (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 7-1015)

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Connecticut

Prescribed Courses of Study: In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter...the arts. For purposes of this subsection, the “arts” means any form of visual or performing arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and theatre. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 164-10-16b)

Commencing with classes graduating in 2021, and for each graduating class thereafter, no local or regional board of education shall permit any student to graduate from high school or grant a diploma to any student who has not satisfactorily completed (1) a minimum of 25 credits, including not fewer than (A) nine credits in the humanities, including not fewer than (iii) one credit in fine arts. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 170-10-221a)

For classes graduating from 2004 to 2020, inclusive, no local or regional board of education shall permit any student to graduate from high school or grant a diploma to any student who has not satisfactorily completed a minimum of twenty credits [including]...not fewer than one in the arts or vocational education. (Conn. Agencies Regs. § 170-10-221a)

Delaware

Instructional Program Requirements: Local school districts and each charter school shall provide instructional programs in the visual and performing arts for each grade K to 12 with the exception of the James H. Groves High School program. (14-503 Del. Admin. Code § 6.0)

Instructional programs offered in the public schools of Delaware shall be in alignment with the appropriate content standards documents [including Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards]. (14-501 Del. Admin. Code § 1.0)

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District of Columbia

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High school graduation requirements include a .5 credit in music and a .5 credit in art. (D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5, § 22.2203.2)

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Florida

Required Instruction: Each district school board shall provide all courses required for middle grades promotion, high school graduation, and appropriate instruction designed to ensure that students meet State Board of Education adopted standards in the following subject areas: reading and other language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign languages, health and physical education, and the arts. (Fla. Admin. Code r. 48-1003.42)

Graduation requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits…distributed as follows: (a) Sixteen core curriculum credits: 5. One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or a practical arts course that incorporates artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and imagination. Eligible practical arts courses shall be identified through the Course Code Directory. (Fla. Admin. Code r. 48-1003.428)

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Georgia

The local units of administration (LUAs) shall provide opportunities at the discretion of the student and his/her parents/guardians for the student to master these competencies: 2. Fine Arts. (Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 160-4-2-.01)

All state-supported high schools shall make available to all students the programs of study for the required High School Diploma and for the College Preparatory and Vocational Education Endorsements. [This includes] Carnegie units in Computer Technology and/or Fine Arts and/or Vocational Education and/or Junior ROTC and/or Foreign Language. (Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 160-4-2-.06)

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All state-supported high schools shall make available to all students the programs of study for the required High School Diploma and for the College Preparatory and Vocational Education Endorsements. [This includes] Carnegie units in Computer Technology and/or Fine Arts and/or Vocational Education and/or Junior ROTC and/or Foreign Language. [The requirement varies by degree/endorsement with 1 unit required for CPE, 1 unit required for VE, and 3 units required for the HSD.] (Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 160-4-2-.06)

Hawaii

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The minimum course and credit requirements to receive a high school graduation diploma are: 2.0 credits in one of the specified programs of study [World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education] or newly-developed proficiency based equivalents. (Hawaii State Board of Education Policy 4540)

Idaho

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A student must meet all of the requirements identified in this section before the student will be eligible to graduate from an Idaho high school: Humanities. Two (2) credits are required. Humanities courses include instruction in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or world language aligned to the Idaho content standards for those subjects. Other courses such as literature, history, philosophy, architecture, or comparative world religions may satisfy the humanities standards if the course is aligned to the Idaho Interdisciplinary Humanities Content Standards. (ID ADC 08.02.03.105)

Illinois

Accountability Framework: Requires each school district to ensure that each school makes available to all students instruction in the six fundamental learning areas, which include the fine arts. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.10)

Additional Criteria for High Schools: Each district shall provide a comprehensive curriculum that includes at least the following offerings: 6) Music [and] 7) Art. The time allotment...is the option of the local school district. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.440)

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As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2008-2009 school year or a subsequent school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses: (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education. (105 ILCS 5/27-22)

Indiana

Mandatory Curriculum: Each school corporation shall include in the school corporation’s curriculum the following studies: (5) Fine arts, including music and art. (20 Ind. Admin. Code 30-5-7)

School Accreditation - High School Curriculum: The high school curriculum includes all courses and learning areas required by 511 Ind. Admin. Code 6-7 and 511 Ind. Admin. Code 6-7.1 [which includes fine arts]. (511 Ind. Admin. Code 6.1-5-4.5)

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Core 40 Diploma: 5 elective credits from World languages, Fine arts, or Career-technical. (511 Ind. Admin. Code 6-7.1-5)

Iowa

General Educational Standards: In grades nine through twelve, a unit of credit consists of a course or equivalent related components or partial units taught throughout the academic year. The minimum program to be offered and taught for grades nine through twelve is: i. Three units in the fine arts which shall include at least two of the following: dance, music, theater, and visual art. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 256-11)

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Kansas

School Accreditation Requirements: Each school shall be assigned its accreditation status based upon the extent to which the school has met the performance and quality criteria established by the state board in this regulation. The performance criteria shall be as follows: (9) programs and services to support student learning and growth at both the elementary and secondary levels, including the following: (C) fine arts. (Kan. Admin. Regs. § 91-31-32)

Each local board of education shall adopt a written policy specifying that pupils are eligible for graduation only upon completion of at least the following requirements: (6) One unit of fine arts, which may include art, music, dance, theatre, forensics, and other similar studies selected by local board of education. (Kan. Admin. Regs. § 91-31-35)

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Kentucky

Program of Studies: The Kentucky Board of Education must establish courses of study for the different grades and kinds of common schools, with the courses of study to comply with the expected outcomes for students and schools established in Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. (704 Ky. Admin. Regs 3:303)

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. expresses that the General Assembly finds, declares, and establishes that schools shall develop their students’ ability to: Express their creative talents and interests in visual arts, music, dance, and dramatic arts [...] and, apply core concepts and principles from courses including the arts to situations they will encounter throughout their lives.

Each student in a common school must have a total of at least twenty-two (22) credits for high school graduation. Those credits shall include: (7) History and appreciation of visual and performing arts (or another arts course which incorporates this content) - one (1) credit to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for arts and humanities or a standards-based specialized arts course based on the student’s individual learning plan. (704 Ky. Admin. Regs 3:305)

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Louisiana

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Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum: For incoming freshmen in 2008-2009 and beyond who are completing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum, the minimum course requirements shall be the following: 1 unit of Arts [satisfied by:] 1 unit Art (§2333), Dance (§2337), Media Arts (§2354), Music (§2355), Theatre Arts, (§2369), or Fine Arts Survey. NOTE: Students may satisfy this requirement by earning half credits in two different arts courses. (La. Admin. Code tit. 28 CXV Bulletin 741 § 2318 (C.3))

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Maine

Secondary Schools General Requirement: A secondary…program must include instruction for all students in career and education development, English language arts, health education and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, visual and performing arts and world languages. (20-A 207-A Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 4721)

Required Subjects: Courses in the following subjects shall be provided in separate or integrated study programs to all students and required for a high school diploma. List of subjects includes: (E) Fine arts, which may include art, music, forensics or drama--one year. (20-A 207-A Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 4722)

The department shall establish parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in English language arts; mathematics; science and technology; social studies; career and education development; visual and performing arts...(2) Parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements: Each student shall study and achieve proficiency in the areas of: (H) visual and performing arts (20-A 222 Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 6209)

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Maryland

Fine Arts Programs, Grades 9-12: Each local school system shall provide an instructional program in fine arts each year for all students in grades 9-12 which shall enable students to meet graduation credit requirements and to select fine arts electives. Each student must have the opportunity to participate in fine arts instructional programs. (Md. Code Regs. 13A.04.16.01)

Curriculum Guides: Consistent with Education Article, §4-110, Annotated Code of Maryland, each of the local school systems shall provide fine arts education curriculum guides for the elementary, middle, and high schools under its jurisdiction. (Md. Code Regs. 13A.04.16.01.C)

To be awarded a diploma, a student must be enrolled in a Maryland public school system and must have earned a minimum of 21 credits that include the following specified core credits: (2) Fine arts—one credit in visual arts, music, theater, or dance, or a combination of these. (Md. Code Regs. 13A.03.02.03)

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Massachusetts

Every town shall maintain...a sufficient number of schools for the instruction of all children who may legally attend a public school therein. Such schools shall be taught by teachers of competent ability and good morals, and shall give instruction and training in orthography, reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, the history and constitution of the United States, the duties of citizenship, health education, physical education and good behavior. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 71, § 1)

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Michigan

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Beginning with pupils entering grade 8 in 2006, the board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy shall not award a high school diploma to a pupil unless the pupil meets all of the following: (a) Has successfully completed all of the following credit requirements of the Michigan merit standard before graduating from high school: (iv) At least 1 credit in visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts, as defined by the department, that is aligned with guidelines developed by the department and approved by the state board under section 1278b. (Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. 380 § 1278a)

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Minnesota

Compulsory Instruction: Instruction must be provided in at least the following subject areas: (1) basic communication skills including reading and writing, literature, and fine arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120A.22)

Required Academic Standards: Public high schools must offer at least three and require at least one of the following five arts areas: media arts; dance; music; theater; and visual arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.021)

Students beginning 9th grade in the 2011-2012 school year and later must successfully complete the following high school level course credits for graduation: (6) one credit of the arts sufficient to satisfy all of the state or local academic standards in the arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.024)

Credit Equivalencies: A career and technical education credit may fulfill a mathematics or arts credit requirement. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.024)

Mississippi

Process Standards, Instructional Practices: 32) The curriculum of each high school at a minimum consists of required and approved courses that generate at least 33 1/2 Carnegie units annually [one unit in The Arts is required]. (MS Public School Accountability Standards, p. 25)

Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified: One unit in The Arts. (MS Public School Accountability Standards, p. 38)

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Missouri

Arts Instruction: Each high school provides all students in grades 9-12 sufficient access to content required to meet the minimum graduation credit requirements and meet the specific needs of students and communities. Content areas must include: English language arts, mathematics, science, department-approved career education (e.g., agriculture education), social studies, world languages, fine arts (art and music), physical education, health, practical arts, and personal finance, as appropriate for high school. (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-100(R-3))School Improvement Standards: At least one unit of credit in the fine arts (music, visual arts, dance or theater) is required for graduation. (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-100.190)

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Montana

Basic Education Program--High School: The basic education program, aligned to the program area standards, for grades 9 through 12 shall be at least 20 units of coursework that enable all students to meet the content standards and content-specific grade-level learning progressions. Minimum offerings shall include at least the following: 2 units of arts. (Mont. Admin. R. 10.55.904)In order to meet the content and performance standards, the following 13 units shall be part of the 20 units required for all students to graduate: (f) 1 unit of arts. (Mont. Admin. R. 10.55.905)

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Nebraska

Required High School Program: The instructional program in grades 9-12 includes as a minimum the following subject fields and the number of instructional units shown for each: 8) 40 instructional units which include each year instruction in vocal music, instrumental music, and visual arts. It may also include dance and theater. The visual and performing arts curriculum includes performance, interpretation, and evaluation. (92 Neb. Admin. Code, ch. 10, § 004.04B8)

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Nevada

Academic Subjects: Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, in addition to the core academic subjects, the following subjects must be taught as applicable for grade levels and to the extent practicable in all public schools, the Caliente Youth Center, the Nevada Youth Training Center and any other state facility for the detention of children that is operated pursuant to title 5 of NRS: (a) The arts. (Nev. Rev. Stat. § 389.018)

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Prescribed Courses of Study: The State Board of Education prescribes the following courses of study for graduation from a public high school: (1) arts and humanities or career and technical education. (Nev. Admin. Code § 389.450)

Arts and Humanities: The required course of study in arts and humanities may be one of the following: visual arts, music, theater, foreign language or other courses submitted to and approved by the State Board of Education. (Nev. Admin. Code § 389.452)

New Hampshire

Arts Education Program: The local school board shall require that an arts education program for grades K-12 provides: Systematic and sequential instruction in the arts disciplines of music and visual art, while developing opportunities for dance and theatre. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.31)

Program Areas and Credits: The required credits in program areas offered by each high school shall [include] 3 credits in arts education. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.27)

The 20 credits required for graduation [include] one half credit in Arts Education. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.27)

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New Jersey

General Provisions: The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) [which includes the visual and performing arts] apply to all students enrolled in public elementary, secondary, and adult high school education programs within the State of New Jersey. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-1.2)

Participation in a local program of study of not fewer than 120 credits in courses designed to meet all of the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including, but not limited to, the following credits: (vii) At least five credits in visual and performing arts. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-5.1)

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New Mexico

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New York

General School Requirements: All public school districts shall offer students the opportunity to begin an approved sequence in the arts in grade nine. (N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.2(h))Students first entering grade nine in the 2008-2009 school year and thereafter must have earned at least 22 units of credit to receive either a Regents or local high school diploma [including] visual arts and/or music, dance, or theatre, one unit of credit. (N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.5(a)(3))

(i) A student may obtain…the unit of credit in visual arts and/or music, dance or theatre required…in the following manner: (a) by participating in a school’s major performing groups, such as band, chorus, orchestra, dance group or theatre group; or b) by participating, only in exceptional situations, in an advanced out-of-school art or music activity. Credit for such participation shall be upon recommendation by the student’s visual arts, music, dance or theatre teacher, shall be approved by the visual arts, music, dance or theatre department chairperson, if there is one, and by the school principal, and shall be consistent with the goals and objectives of the school’s visual arts, music, dance, and/or theatre program. (ii) A student may receive a unit of credit for participation in such activities if such participation is equivalent to a unit of study, or a student may receive one half unit of credit for such activity equivalent to one half unit of study. (N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.5(d)(2))

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North Carolina

Basic Education Program: The Basic Education Program shall describe the education program to be offered to every child in the public schools. It shall provide every student in the State equal access to a Basic Education Program. Instruction shall be offered in the areas of arts, communication skills, physical education and personal health and safety, mathematics, media and computer skills, science, second languages, social studies, and vocational and technical education. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-81)

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Career Preparation Course of Study: Career preparation [course of study] shall include 4 credits in career/technical education, which must be in a career concentration or pathway that leads to a specific career field and which must include a second-level (advanced) course; or 4 credits in 1 of the 4 arts disciplines in arts education: theatre, music, visual arts, or dance; or 4 units in R.O.T.C. (16 N.C. Admin. Code 6D.0503)

North Dakota

High School Required Units: In order to be approved by the superintendent of public instruction, each public and nonpublic high school shall make available to each student: (g) Two units of fine arts, at least one of which must be music. (N.D. Cent. Code § 15.1-21-02)

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The following twenty-two units of high school coursework constitute the minimum requirement for high school graduation: (6) Three units of: a. Foreign languages; b. Native American languages; c. Fine arts; or d. Career and technical education courses. (N.D. Cent. Code § 15.1-21-02.2)

Ohio

Curriculum Required: The board of education of each city shall prescribe a curriculum for all schools under their control. In any such curriculum there shall be included the study of the following subjects: (7) the fine arts, including music. (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3313.60)

Each student shall complete two semesters or the equivalent of fine arts in grades seven to twelve to graduate from high school pursuant to division (K) of section 3313.603 of the Revised Code. (Ohio Admin. Code 3301:35-04)[In addition to the fine arts Graduation Requirements,] the requirements for graduation from every high school shall include 20 units designed to prepare students for the workforce or college and shall be distributed as follows: 5 elective units, consisting of one or any combination of the following: foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology; agricultural education. (Ohio Admin. Code 3301:35-04)

Oklahoma

Adoption of Curriculum Standards: All students shall gain literacy at the elementary and secondary levels through a core curriculum. Students must develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, computing and critical thinking. They also must learn about cultures and environments - their own and those of others with whom they share the earth. Students, therefore, must study social studies, literature, languages, the arts, mathematics and science. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 11-103.6)

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In order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education with a standard diploma, students shall complete the following college preparatory/work ready curriculum units or sets of competencies at the secondary level: One unit or set of competencies of fine arts, such as music, art, or drama, or one unit or set of competencies of speech. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 11-103.6)

Oregon

District Curriculum: Each school district shall provide a planned K-12 instructional program. The planned K-12 instructional program must include the Common Curriculum Goals and academic content standards to include…(E) The arts. (Or. Admin. R. 581-022-1210)

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Unit of Credit Requirements for students who were first enrolled in grade 9 during the 2010-2011 school year or first enrolled in grade 9 in any subsequent school year: (a) Each student shall earn a minimum of 24 units of credit to include at least: (G) Career and Technical Education, The Arts or Second Language -- 3 (units shall be earned in any one or a combination). (Or. Admin. R. 581-022-1130)

Pennsylvania

High School Education: Planned instruction aligned with academic standards in the following areas shall be provided to every student in the high school program. Planned instruction may be provided as a separate course or as an instructional unit within a course or other interdisciplinary instructional activity: (6) The arts, including art, music, dance, theatre and humanities. (22 Pa. Code § 4.23)

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Rhode Island

Comprehensive Program of Study: Each LEA shall provide a comprehensive program of study in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, the sciences, visual arts & design and the performing arts, engineering and technology, comprehensive health, and world languages throughout the PK-12 system. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3)

Dance Music, Theater, and Visual Arts & Design: A program of study shall exist for all secondary students to enable them to demonstrate proficiency in at least one art form. Additionally, secondary school students shall be provided with the opportunity to do multiple levels of coursework in visual arts and design in both two and three dimensions and in at least one performing arts discipline. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3.5)

Availability of instruction in musical performance education: All secondary public schools, including middle schools, or any other secondary schools managed and controlled by the state, are strongly encouraged to offer as a part of the curriculum, courses in performing arts, including musical ensembles, such as band, chorus, orchestra, and other performance ensembles, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression. (State of R.I. General Laws Title 16 § 22-27).

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LEAs shall formally adopt coursework graduation requirements that (1) apply to all students within the LEA and (2) require successful completion of at least twenty academic courses or the equivalent that include demonstrations of proficiency in the six core content areas. Six required courses are presumed to include, but not limited to, world languages, the arts, physical education and health, and technology pursuant to LEA policies and applicable state law. (R.I. Rules & Regs. L-6-3.1)

South Carolina

Visual and Performing Arts: Schools must offer instruction in each of the following areas: 10. the visual and performing arts. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-234 § V.C.10)

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South Dakota

Required High School Unit Offerings: School districts must offer a minimum of the following every two years: (5) One unit of fine arts. (S.D. Admin. R. 24:43:11:07)The units of credit required for high school graduation must include the following: (7) One unit of fine arts. Students may be granted up to one credit in fine arts for participation in extracurricular activities. A maximum of one-fourth credit may be granted for each extracurricular activity each school year. In order to grant credit, a district must document the alignment of the activity with fine arts content standards as approved by the South Dakota Board of Education. (S.D. Admin. R. 24:43:11:02)

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Tennessee

Fine Arts - Grades K-12: The [visual art, music, dance, and theatre] programs shall be based on the state curriculum standards and shall be developmentally appropriate with instruction focusing on activities relating to appreciate and production. (Tenn. Comp. R & Regs. 0520-01-03-.05)

The following twenty-two (22) units shall be required for graduation for students who enter the ninth (9th) grade in 2009-10 and thereafter: 1 unit of Fine Arts.  (Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-03-.06)

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Texas

Required Curriculum: (a) A school district that offers kindergarten through Grade 12 must offer the following as a required curriculum: (2) an enrichment curriculum that includes: (D) fine arts. (b) A school district must provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills of the appropriate grade levels in the foundation and enrichment curriculum as specified in paragraphs (1)-(13) of this subsection. A school district may add elements at its discretion but must not delete or omit instruction in the foundation and enrichment curriculum specified in subsection (a) of this section: (8) Chapter 117 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts). (19 Tex. Admin. Code § 74.1)

A school district that offers Grades 9-12 must provide instruction in the required curriculum as specified in § 74.1 of [Tex. Admin. Code tit. 19]. The district must ensure that sufficient time is provided for teachers to teach and for students to learn in the required curriculum. (Tex. Admin. Code tit. 19, § 74.3(b)(1))

Required Secondary Curriculum, Secondary Grades 9-12: The school district must offer [these] courses...and maintain evidence that students have the opportunity to take these courses: (F) fine arts--courses selected from at least two of the four fine arts areas (art, music, theatre, and dance)--Art I, II, III, IV; Music I, II, III, IV; Theatre I, II, III, IV; or Dance I, II, III, IV. (19 Tex. Admin. Code § 74.3(b)(2))

Minimum High School Program – A student must demonstrate proficiency in the following: (8) Fine arts--one credit for the High School Graduation Requirements. (19 Tex. Admin. Code § 74.72).

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Utah

High School Requirements: Grades 9-12 Core Curriculum credits from courses approved by the Board, as specified: (5) the arts (1.5 units of credit from any of the following performance areas: visual arts, music, dance, theatre). (Utah Admin. Code r. 277-700-6)

Grades 9-12 Core Curriculum credits from courses approved by the Board, as specified: (5) the arts (1.5 units of credit from any of the following performance areas: visual arts, music, dance, theatre). (Utah Admin. Code r. 277-700-6)

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Vermont

Courses of Study:  The minimum course of study means learning experiences adapted to a pupil’s age and ability in the fields of: 6) The fine arts. (Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 906) Series 2000 - Education Quality Standards 2120.5. Curriculum Content.  Each supervisory union board shall ensure the written and delivered curriculum within their supervisory union is aligned with the standards approved by the State Board of Education. Each school shall enable students to engage annually in rigorous, relevant and comprehensive learning opportunities that allows them to demonstrate proficiency in f. artistic expression (including visual, media and performing arts)Series 2000 – Education Quality Standards 2120.7. Graduation Requirements. A student meets the requirements for graduation when the student demonstrates evidence of proficiency in the curriculum outlined in 2120.5, and completion of any other requirements specified by the local board of the school attended by the student

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Virginia

Instructional Programs: Local school boards shall develop and implement a program of instruction for grades K through 12 that...shall emphasize...fine arts, which may include, but need not be limited to, music and art, and practical arts. (Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:1)

High School: The secondary school shall provide each student a program of instruction in the academic areas of English, mathematics, science, and history/social science that enables each student to meet the graduation requirements described in 8VAC20-131-50 and shall offer opportunities for students to pursue a program of studies in foreign languages, fine arts, and career and technical areas. (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-131-100)

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For a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma students must complete two standard unit of credit in Foreign Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education.  (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-131-50)

Washington

Basic Education Act: The goals of each school district shall be to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills essential to: (2) Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.150.210)  

Mandatory Areas of Study: School districts must provide an opportunity for high school students to take at least one course in each of several areas of study, including art and music. (Wash. Admin. Code § 392-410-115)

The statewide minimum subject areas and credits required for high school graduation for students shall [include] two arts credits beginning with the class of 2019. The essential content in this subject area may be satisfied in the visual or performing arts. (Wash. Admin. Code § 180-51-068)Not found in statute or code.

West Virginia

Adolescent Programs Electives (Grades 9-12): [Schools are required to offer] four sequential courses in music (both choral and instrumental), visual art (general art and/or studio art), dance, theatre. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.4.b)

Personalized Education Plan: Each student’s PEP will identify course work for the four (4) credits that will lead directly to placement in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses, an industry-recognized certificate or license, or workforce training programs. The four credits taken in a career and technical concentration must be consistent with those identified for WVDE approved career and technical programs of study [including]…Arts, A/V Technology and Communication. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.4.a)Personalized Education Plan: Each student’s PEP will identify course work for the four (4) credits that will lead directly to placement in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses, an industry-recognized certificate or license, or workforce training programs. The four credits taken in a career and technical concentration must be consistent with those identified for WVDE approved career and technical programs of study [including]…Arts, A/V Technology and Communication. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.4.a)

Wisconsin

The school district board shall provide instruction in health, physical education, art and music as follows: (3) Art instruction shall be provided in accordance with a written comprehensive art curriculum which is based upon concepts developed through sensory awareness, aesthetic discrimination and skill development in the creation of art and the knowledge of human art heritage. Art instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades kindergarten through 6 and shall be performed by or under the direction of a licensed art teacher. Art instruction shall be available to all pupils in grades 7 through 12 and shall be taught by a licensed art teacher. (4) Music instruction shall be provided in accordance with a written comprehensive music curriculum including developmental experiences involving singing, playing instruments, listening, movement, creative expression and music reading. Music instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades kindergarten through 6 and shall be performed by or under the direction of a licensed music teacher. Music instruction including general music, vocal music and instrumental music shall be available to all pupils in grades 7 through 12 and shall be taught by a licensed music teacher. (Wis. Admin. Code PI § 8.01(2)(j))

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Wyoming

District Curriculum: Each school district shall provide educational programs sufficient to meet uniform student content and performance standards at the level established by the state board of education in fine arts and performing arts [among other subjects]. (Wyo. Stat. Ann. 1977 § 21-9-101)

A high school diploma shall provide for one of the following endorsements: (i) Advanced endorsement which requires a student to demonstrate advanced performance in a majority of the common core of knowledge and skills and proficient performance in the remaining areas, which includes [among others] fine and performing arts; (ii) comprehensive endorsement which requires a student to demonstrate proficient performance in all areas of the common core of knowledge and skills; (iii) general endorsement which requires proficient performance in a majority of the common core of knowledge and skills. (WY Ed. Regulations Ch. 31 § 8)

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