Alabama

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Core academic subjects means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography (Alab. Admin. Code r. 290-8-9-.00)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Alabama Developmental Standards for Preschool Children (2012)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Alabama Course of Study: Arts Education Content Standards (2006)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

In every elementary school shall be taught at least reading including phonics, spelling, handwriting, arithmetic, oral and written English, geography, history of the United States and Alabama, elementary science, hygiene and sanitation, physical education, the arts, including musical and visual arts, environmental protection, and such other studies as may be prescribed by the local board of education. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-8-9-.00)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

In every elementary school shall be taught at lest reading including phonics, spelling, handwriting, arithmetic, oral and written English, geography, history of the United States and Alabama, elementary science, hygiene and sanitation, physical education, the arts, including musical and visual arts, environmental protection, and such other studies as may be prescribed by the local board of education. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 16-6B-2)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School 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)
Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code. 

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

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)

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation 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)
Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Elementary Education: Candidates know and implement the core academic content and the performance indicators of the four art forms (dance, music, theatre and visual art) as the primary means of communication of ideas, inquiry-based learning, developing creativity and imagination, and engaging elementary students. [In addition, the statute identifies the knowledge and abilities in the arts that candidates must demonstrate.] (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.06)

Social Studies Teachers: Prior to program completion, prospective teachers of any teaching field in social studies shall demonstrate: (2) Knowledge of: (i) Culture as an integrated whole that governs the functions and interaction of language, literature, arts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behavior patterns and how differing cultural assumptions may contribute to or pose obstacles to cross-cultural understanding. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.19)

Teachers of Gifted Students: The curriculum to prepare the prospective teacher of the gifted shall provide the teachers with: (b) Development and characteristics of learners. Prior to program completion, candidates shall demonstrate: 1. Knowledge of: (ii) creative and productive thought, critical thinking, leadership training, and visual and performing arts. (c) Instructional planning. Prior to program completion, candidates shall demonstrate: 2. Ability to: Incorporate creative and productive thought, critical thinking, leadership skills, and visual and performing arts in the gifted curriculum. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.38)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Teacher Education: [The code identifies the discipline-specific areas that programs must address as well as the knowledge and abilities that candidates must be able to demonstrate in the areas of:] Visual Arts Teachers (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.31); Dance: (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.31.01); Music (Choral and Instrumental) (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.32); and Theatre (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-3-.33.01)
State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Alabama School of Fine Arts: The ASFA’s goal is to educate the child through a sound, well-balanced instructional program which promotes each child’s social, mental, physical, and emotional development. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 356-6-.01)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Provisional Certificates: Permits an expanded alternative certification program for prospective teachers for grades 9-12 only, except that an alternative certificate may be issued to K-8 teachers if limited to the areas of fine arts and/or foreign language. (Ala. Admin. Code § 16-23-3)

Support the Arts: Establishes a program to support arts education through sale of special “Support the Arts“ license plates. (Ala. Admin. Code § 32-6-470)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme: Academic course requirements may be substituted for the Alabama High School Diploma core curricula and arts education requirements when administered through an approved International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and all academic assessment requirements are met by the participating student(s). (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-1-.02 pg. 22)

Framework of Secondary Career/Technical Education: CTE in Alabama is organized according to the following 16 National Career Clusters: (c) Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-6-1.01)

Links to Administrative Code

Alabama State Board of Education Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

Alabama Legislative Information System Online

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2012-2013

Date of Release/Publication

2014

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

624 responses were received, representing 45.2% of all K-12 public schools in Alabama.

Survey Report

Arts Education in the South Phase I

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

744,637

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

14.4

Per Pupil Expenditures

$9,549

% High School Graduation Rate

71.8%

% High School Drop-out Rate

8.5%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

58.0%

% Minority Students

42.4%

% English Language Learners

2.4%

% Served Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

10.7%