California

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

The term “Academic Subjects,” as it applies to designated subjects adult education teaching credentials, means those studies that are liberal, classical and/or related to high school graduation requirements, rather than technical or vocational, including, but not limited to the subjects contained within the following categories: (1) Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills; (2) English; (3) English as a Second Language; (4) Fine Arts; (5) A Language Other than English (specify); (6) Mathematics; (7) Science; and (8) Social Sciences. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 80034)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

California Preschool Learning Foundations, Vol. 2 (2010)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools (2001)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Areas of Study, Grades 1-6: The adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, shall include instruction, beginning in grade 1 and continuing through grade 6, in the following areas of study: (e) Visual and performing arts, including instruction in the subjects of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 51210)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

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)

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

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation 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)
Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Types and Content of Examinations: A general subject matter examination authorizing teaching multiple subjects shall include an examination of the candidate’s knowledge of the following areas: language studies, literature, mathematics, science, social studies, history, the arts, physical education, and human development. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 44282)

NOTE: Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials authorize the holder to teach in self-contained classrooms such as classroom settings in most elementary schools. However, a teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom (preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults). (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 44258)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Single Subject Teaching Credentials: The commission shall issue single subject teaching credentials only in the following subjects: (2) Art [and] (10) music. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 44257)

Types and Content of Examinations: The commission shall adopt examinations and assessments to verify the subject matter knowledge and competence of candidates for the single subject teaching credentials described in Section 44257 [which includes art and music]. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 44282)

Non-Credentialed Teachers: specialized secondary programs may select as teachers non-credentialed persons who possess unique talents or skills from business, performing arts, or postsecondary institutions. No non-credentialed person shall be retained as a teacher in a specialized secondary program unless, within 60 days after the governing board has hired such a person, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing has issued a certificate of clearance for him or her, which the commission shall issue when it has verified the person’s personal identification and good moral character. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 58803)

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

California State Summer School for the Arts: It is the intent of the Legislature that the California State Summer School for the Arts be established to provide a training ground for future artists who may wish to study and practice the arts, or to pursue careers in the major performing arts companies and the commercial and fine arts institutions in California. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 8950)

Arts Work Visual and Performing Arts Education Program: There is hereby established the Arts Work Visual and Performing Arts Education Program, [...] for the purposes of awarding grants to local educational agencies to develop their capacity to implement high-quality instructional programs that are based on the state adopted visual and performing arts content standards for pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5 § 8820)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Not found in statute or code.

Links to Administrative Code

California Education Code

Links to State Statutes

California Legislative Information

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2007

Date of Release/Publication

2008

Population or Sample

Sample

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

The overall response rate for the elementary school teacher survey was 65%, and the overall response rate for the secondary school teacher survey was 60%.

Survey Report

An Unfinished Canvas: Teacher Preparation, Instructional Delivery, and Professional Development in the Arts

Date of Past Survey

2004

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

6,299,451

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

23.7

Per Pupil Expenditures

$10,795

% High School Graduation Rate

78.2%

% High School Drop-out Rate

6.5%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

56.3%

% Minority Students

74.5%

% English Language Learners

22.8%

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

10.9%