Colorado

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Not found in statute or code.

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines (2011)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Colorado Arts Standards (2009)

The state board shall ensure that the preschool through elementary and secondary education standards, at a minimum, include standards in reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, geography, visual arts, performing arts, physical education, world languages, English language competency, economics, civics, financial literacy, and any other instructional areas for which the state board had adopted standards as of January 1, 2008. (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 7-1005)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

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)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

In revising its preschool through elementary and secondary education standards, each local education provider shall ensure that it adopts standards, at a minimum, in those subject matter areas that are included in the state preschool through elementary and secondary education standards, including but not limited to English language competency and visual arts and performing arts education...Each local education provider shall adopt assessments that are aligned with the local education providers standards and curricula and that will adequately measure each students progress toward and attainment of the local education providers standards for the subject areas that are not assessed by the state through the system of assessments adopted by the state board. (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 7-1013)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Early Childhood Endorsement: To be endorsed in early childhood education, ages 0-8, an applicant shall...incorporate proven concepts related to typical and atypical traits of child development which can affect the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities by students, including, but not limited to: 8.01(1)(a)(iv) taking timely advantage of the prior acquisition of information, abilities, and experience of the student, as related to readiness for learning, and the development of such core skills as language, reading, writing, math, science, and the arts. [In addition, an applicant must be able to] design and implement effective strategies for curriculum development, implementation, and instructional delivery, as related, but not limited to: 8.01(1)(b)(i) literacy and language, math, science, social studies, the arts, health and safety, physical education, and technology ability. (1 Code Colo. Regs. 301-37 § 8.01)

Elementary Education Endorsement: To be endorsed in elementary education...the elementary educator is knowledgeable about curriculum development and instruction, and is able to: 8.02(1)(a) design and implement an integrated curriculum based upon adopted content standards, including, but not limited to: language arts, e.g. reading, writing, speaking, and listening; science; mathematics; social studies; the arts and humanities; health; physical education; and technology. (1 Code Colo. Regs. 301-37 § 8.02)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Art Endorsement: To be endorsed in art, an applicant shall have completed a bachelors or higher degree from a four-year accepted institution of higher education; an approved teacher preparation program; an approved program in art; and have demonstrated competencies listed below (see citation for details). (1 Code Colo. Regs. 301-37 § 8.04)

Drama Endorsement: To be endorsed in drama, an applicant shall have completed a bachelors or higher degree from a four-year accepted institution of higher education; an approved teacher preparation program; an approved program in drama; and have demonstrated competencies listed below (see citation for details). (1 Code Colo. Regs. 301-37 § 8.07)

Music Endorsement: To be endorsed in music, an applicant shall have completed a bachelors or higher degree from a four-year accepted institution of higher education; an approved teacher preparation program; an approved program in music; and have demonstrated competencies listed below (see citation for details). (1 Code Colo. Regs. 301-37 § 8.15)

Endorsement: To be endorsed in dance, an applicant shall hold an earned bachelors or higher degree from an accepted institution of higher education; completed an approved teacher preparation program including prescribed field experience and student teaching requirements; completed an approved program in dance; be knowledgeable about and able to instruct students in the Colorado Academic Standards in dance; and have demonstrated the competencies specified below (see citation for details). (1 Code Colo. Regs. 301-37 § 8.20)

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Dropout Prevention Activity Grant Program: There is hereby created a grant program to fund before- and after-school arts-based and vocational activity programs for students enrolled in grades six through twelve. The goal in funding arts-based and vocational activity programs is to reduce the number of students who choose to drop out of school prior to graduation. (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 27.5-103)

Student Re-Engagement Grant Program: There is hereby created within the department the student re-engagement grant program to provide grant moneys to local education providers to use in providing educational services and supports to students to maintain student engagement and support student re-engagement in high school… The state board shall adopt rules pursuant to the State Administrative Procedure Act, article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., for implementing the grant program. At a minimum, the rules shall include: (b) The information to be included on grant applications, including at a minimum: (V) A description of the local education providers policies and practices related to: (J) Student participation in and the availability of visual arts and performing arts education. (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 14-109)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Each public school in the state is strongly encouraged to provide courses in visual arts and in performing arts, which courses shall be based on content standards for visual arts and performing arts and provided in compliance with state and federal law. School districts and public schools are strongly encouraged to explore and implement innovative delivery mechanisms for performing arts and visual arts courses, including but not limited to using on-site technology and software, on-line education, and collaboration among community colleges, other school districts or public schools, boards of cooperative services, and regional service areas. (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 1-104.5)

Guidelines for High School Graduation Requirements: In developing the guidelines for high school graduation, the state board…shall: (VI.5) Recognize and acknowledge the importance of education in performing arts…and visual arts…in strengthening student learning in other subjects and in supporting students’ ability to succeed in the twenty-first century (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 2-106)

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Program: [In its curricula,] 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)

Student Graduation and Completion Plans: In designing its student graduation and completion plan, each high priority or priority local education provider is encouraged to: (a.5) Expand the availability of visual arts and performing arts courses and opportunities through the regular school curriculum and through increased access to extracurricular activities, including but not limited to entering into agreements with nonprofit or for-profit community arts organizations to provide expanded visual arts and performing arts educational programs. (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 14-107)

Additional arts education policies can be found in the statutes including policies for Diploma Endorsements (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 7-1009), Individual Career and Academic Plans (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 2-136), Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 14-103), and Local Education Provider’s Practices Assessments (22 Code Colo. Regs. § 14-106)

Links to Administrative Code

Code of Colorado Regulations

Links to State Statutes

Colorado Revised Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2014

Date of Release/Publication

2015

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

 

33% of Colorado Public Schools

 

Survey Report

Colorado Visual and Performing Arts Education Survey Statistical Report

Date of Past Survey

2008

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

863,561

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

17.7

Per Pupil Expenditures

$9,928

% High School Graduation Rate

79.8%

% High School Drop-out Rate

6.7%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

41.6%

% Minority Students

44.4%

% English Language Learners

12.0%

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

10.3%