Arizona

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

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)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Arizona Early Learning Standards (2013)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts (2015)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

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)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

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)

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

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation 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)
Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Minimum Course of Study and Competency Goals for Students: Students shall demonstrate competency as defined by the State Board-adopted Essential Skills, at the grade levels specified, in the following required subject areas. District instructional programs shall include an ongoing assessment of student progress toward meeting the competency requirements: 6. Music [and] 7. Visual Arts. (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-301)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Professional Teaching Standards: Elementary teachers must demonstrate knowledge of language arts and reading, math, science, social studies and fine arts, and must demonstrate knowledge of a variety of methods for teaching same. (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-602)

Early Childhood Education Certificate: Requires 37 semester hours of early childhood education courses [including] developmentally appropriate instructional methodologies for teaching language, math, science, social studies and the arts. (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-615)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

PreK-12 Arts Education Certificates: Arizona offers two types of Certificates. The Provisional PreK-12 Arts Education Certificate in art, dance, dramatic arts or music is non-renewable but may be extended as set forth in R7-2-606(H) or (I). And, the Standard PreK-12 Arts Education Certificate for art, dance, dramatic arts or music is valid for six years. (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-613)

PreK-12 Arts Education Certificates [are provided] for [the artistic disciplines of] art, dance, dramatic arts, or music. (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-613)

Special subject endorsements shall be issued in the area of art, computer science, dance, dramatic arts, music, or physical education. (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-613)

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Not found in statute or code.

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Minimum Course of Study and Competency Requirements for Graduation from High School Beginning with the Graduating Class of 2013: One credit covering Algebra II or course content equivalent to Algebra II. Courses meeting this requirement may include, but are not limited to, career and technical education and vocational education, economics, science, and arts courses as determined by the local school district governing board or charter school (Ariz. Admin. Code § 7-2-302.02).

Charter Schools: The charter of a charter school shall do all of the following: 3. Ensure that it provides a comprehensive program of instruction for at least a kindergarten program or any grade between grades one and twelve, except that a school may offer this curriculum with an emphasis on a specific learning philosophy or style or certain subject areas such as mathematics, science, fine arts, performance arts or foreign language. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 15-183).

Minimum School Facility Adequacy Requirements: At a minimum, the school facilities board shall address all of the following in developing these guidelines: 8. Facilities for science, arts and physical education. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 15-2011)

Links to Administrative Code

Arizona Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

Arizona Revised Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2012/2013 Highly Qualified Teacher Database

Date of Release/Publication

2014

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

1,844 Total Schools with 1,048,503 students resulting in a 100% response rate for the Highly Qualified Teacher Database

Survey Report

Arts Education in Arizona Public Schools for the 2012/2013 School Year

Date of Past Survey

2010

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

1,089,384

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

22.3

Per Pupil Expenditures

$8,444

% High School Graduation Rate

74.7%

% High School Drop-out Rate

8.9%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

51.9%

% Minority Students

58.4%

% English Language Learners

6.2%

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

11.8%