Iowa

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Not found in statute or code. 

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards Iowa Early Learning Standards (2012)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary General Educational Standards: The following areas shall be taught in grades one through six: English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, age-appropriate and research-based human growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, music, and visual art. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 256-11)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle General Educational Standards: The following shall be taught in grades seven and eight: English-language arts; social studies; mathematics; science; health; age-appropriate and research-based human growth and development; family, consumer, career, and technology education; physical education; music; and visual art.  (Iowa Admin. Code r. 256-11)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School General Educational Standards: In grades nine through twelve, a unit of credit consists of a course or equivalent related components or partial units taught throughout the academic year. The minimum program to be offered and taught for grades nine through twelve is: i. Three units in the fine arts which shall include at least two of the following: dance, music, theater, and visual art. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 256-11)
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

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

General Educational Standards: The following areas shall be taught in grades one through six: English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, age-appropriate and research-based human growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, music, and visual art. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 256-11)

General Educational Standards: The following shall be taught in grades seven and eight: English-language arts; social studies; mathematics; science; health; age-appropriate and research-based human growth and development; family, consumer, career, and technology education; physical education; music; and visual art. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 256-11)

General Educational Standards: In grades nine through twelve, a unit of credit consists of a course or equivalent related components or partial units taught throughout the academic year. The minimum program to be offered and taught for grades nine through twelve is: i. Three units in the fine arts which shall include at least two of the following: dance, music, theater, and visual art. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 256-11)

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Elementary Endorsement (Pre-K-3): Content [requirements] for (3) Developmentally appropriate curriculum with emphasis on integrated multicultural and nonsexist content including language, mathematics, science, social studies, health, safety, nutrition, visual and expressive arts, social skills, higher-thinking skills, and developmentally appropriate methodology, including adaptations for individual needs, for infants and toddlers, preprimary, and primary school children. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.26(2))

Elementary Endorsement (K-6): Effective September 1, 2015, content [requirements] include at least 3 semester hours to include all of the following: 1. Methods of teaching elementary physical education, health, and wellness; 2. visual arts for the elementary classroom; and 3. performance arts for the elementary classroom. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.26(5))

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Minimum Content Requirements for Teaching Endorsements: Art, K-8 or 5-12 (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.28(2)); Music, K-8 or 5-12 (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.28(13)); and Speech communication/theatre, K-8 or 5-12 (Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-13.28(19)).

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Not found in statute or code.

Other State Arts Ed Policies Iowa Arts Council Scholarship for the Arts: Supports the development of outstanding high school seniors who excel in the arts and are enrolled in accredited educational programs leading to careers in the arts. A limited number of scholarships are awarded annually to selected students for undergraduate tuition and related expenses to attend an Iowa college or university. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 222-9)
Links to Administrative Code

Iowa Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

Iowa 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

499,825

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

14.2

Per Pupil Expenditures

$12,078

% High School Graduation Rate

87.9%

% High School Drop-out Rate

4.6%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

40.8%

% Minority Students

20.2%

% English Language Learners

4.4%

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

13.2%