Illinois

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Accountability Framework: Each school district shall ensure that each school makes available to all students instruction in the six fundamental learning areas, i.e., the language arts, mathematics, the biological and physical sciences, the social sciences, the fine arts, and physical development and health. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.10)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (2013)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Illinois Fine Arts Learning Standards (2016)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Accountability Framework: Requires each school district to ensure that each school makes available to all students instruction in the six fundamental learning areas, which include the fine arts. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.10)

Additional Criteria for Elementary Schools: A district shall provide the following coordinated and supervised courses of study: 5) Music [and] 6) Art. The time allotment...is the option of the local board of education. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.430)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Accountability Framework: Requires each school district to ensure that each school makes available to all students instruction in the six fundamental learning areas, which include the fine arts. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.10)

Additional Criteria for Elementary Schools: A district shall provide the following coordinated and supervised courses of study: 5) Music [and] 6) Art. The time allotment...is the option of the local board of education. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.430)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Accountability Framework: Requires each school district to ensure that each school makes available to all students instruction in the six fundamental learning areas, which include the fine arts. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.10)

Additional Criteria for High Schools: Each district shall provide a comprehensive curriculum that includes at least the following offerings: 6) Music [and] 7) Art. The time allotment...is the option of the local school district. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.440)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2008-2009 school year or a subsequent school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses: (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education. (105 ILCS 5/27-22)

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

Standards for Early Childhood Certification--Fine Arts: The competent early childhood teacher understands the content, function, and achievements of dance, music, drama, and visual arts as primary media for communication, inquiry, and insight and promotes the abilities of children from birth through grade three as they express themselves through the arts. [Code includes Knowledge and Performance Indicators.] (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 26.170)

Requirements for Elementary Teachers: The endorsement for self-contained general education shall be issued when an individual whose application is received on or before June 30, 2005, demonstrates that he or she has completed the coursework listed in this subsection [including the Fine Arts] and passed the test of subject matter knowledge or content-area test and, if he or she has not already passed the test of basic skills and received a certificate based on it, that test as well. (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 1.170)

Standards for Elementary Teacher Certification--Fine Arts: The competent elementary teacher understands the educational, communicative, and aesthetic value of dance, drama, music, and visual art and the role fine arts play in reflecting history and culture and promotes all students ability to express themselves creatively. [Code includes Knowledge and Performance Indicators.] (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 26.370)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Standards for Certification in Specific Teaching Fields: [Knowledge and performance indicators are identified for] Dance (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 27.300), Drama/Theatre Arts (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 27.310), Music (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 27.320), and Visual Arts (Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, pt. 27.330).
State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Illinois Summer School for the Arts Act: The primary mission of the Illinois Summer School for the Arts is to seek out the artistically talented high school students from throughout the State and to immerse them in a challenging residential arts programs, unlike those typically available in local schools, where under the instruction of outstanding teachers and professional artists they will better understand how their talents can be further developed. (105 Ill. Comp. Stat. 310/2)

Arts and Foreign Language Education Grants: There is created an arts and foreign language education grant program to fund arts education and foreign language education programs in the public schools, subject to appropriation to the State Board of Education. The grants shall be for the purpose of supporting arts and foreign language education in the schools, with an emphasis on ensuring that art and foreign language courses are available as part of a school's core curriculum. (105 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/2-3.65a)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Not found in statute or code.

Links to Administrative Code

Illinois Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

Illinois Compiled Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2004

Date of Release/Publication

2005

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

In total, 234 superintendents and 751 principals responded to the survey for a total of 985 cases and a response rate of 20.6% (26.5% for superintendents and 19.2% for principals).

Survey Report

Arts at the Core: Every School, Every Student

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

2,072,880

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

15.3

Per Pupil Expenditures

$13,468

% High School Graduation Rate

81.9%

% High School Drop-out Rate

5.1%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

50.6%

% Minority Students

49.5%

% English Language Learners

9.4%

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

14.1%