Arkansas

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Not found in statute or code. 

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months (2016)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Arkansas Fine Arts Education Content Standards (2014)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

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)

Visual Art or Music Curriculum: (a) (1) A public elementary school in the state shall provide instruction for at least forty (40) minutes, as determined by the superintendent of the school district, in visual art and at least forty (40) minutes, as determined by the superintendent of the school district, in music based on the state visual art and music frameworks each calendar week of the school year or an equivalent amount of time in each school year. (2) (A) Every student in grades one through six (1-6) shall participate in the visual art and music class required in this subsection. (B) Children with disabilities or other special needs shall be included in the visual art and music programs. (3) The instruction required by subdivision (a)(1) of this section shall be provided by a teacher licensed to teach art or music, as applicable. (4) (A) The Department of Education shall provide a stipend of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) per class to each school for the purchase of necessary supplies or equipment for the classes required by this subsection. (B) Subdivision (a)(4)(A) of this section shall be contingent on the appropriation and availability of funding for that purpose. (b) A student enrolled in grade seven (7) or grade eight (8) shall participate in: (1) Visual arts instruction, appreciation, and application; or (2) Performing arts instruction, appreciation, and application. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6.16.130)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

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)

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

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation Standards for Accreditation: All students in grades K-8 must receive instruction in fine arts annually. Three-and-a-half units in fine arts must be taught annually in grades 9-12. (Ark. Code R. § 005.19.007)
Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Not found in statute or code.

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Arts and Humanities (Arts Council): Includes guidelines and rules for the Arts in Education (AIE) grant program. The purpose of the program is to assist students in grades pre-K through 12, teachers, administrators and communities in gaining greater familiarity with the major art forms. The Arts Councils purpose is to strengthen the awareness that the arts should be an integral part of the basic education process through programs that are curriculum-based and involve sequential arts activities. (Ark. Code R. § 012.03.002)

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts: The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts shall be a residential school for eleventh grade and twelfth grade students who exhibit outstanding academic credentials and who have the ability to undertake course work in an environment and with demands similar to those of a university. The purposes of the school shall be to educate the gifted and talented math, science, and the fine and performing arts students of the state and to develop curricula and materials to improve instruction in mathematics, sciences, and the fine and performing arts for all students in the state. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6-42-301) (2012)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Arts-Enriched Curriculum Program: There is established a five-year pilot program funded through grants administered by the Department of Education to implement an arts-enriched curriculum, training, and research at fifteen (15) schools over the five-year period. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6.16.144)

Future Art and Music Teachers Pilot Program: This program shall provide in at least six (6) schools in a state a program through which students in grades eleven (11) and twelve (12) may provide visual art and music instruction to students in grades kindergarten through sixth (K-6). (Ark. Code Ann. § 6.16.131)

Links to Administrative Code

Arkansas Administrative Rules

Links to State Statutes

Arkansas Code

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

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Date of Release/Publication

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Population or Sample

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Unit of Analysis (school or district)

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Response Rate to Survey

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Survey Report

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Date of Past Survey

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Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

486,157

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

14.2%

Per Pupil Expenditures

$11,100

% High School Graduation Rate

75.0%

% High School Drop-out Rate

6.6%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

61.4%

% Minority Students

36.1%

% English Language Learners

7.1%

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

13.3%