Kentucky

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Core Curriculum Definition: Core curriculum means at least one (1) course in science, one (1) course in mathematics, and at least one (1) course in two (2) of the following subject areas: English, social studies, foreign language, and the arts. (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.007)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards Kentucky Early Childhood Standards (2013)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Kentucky Core Academic Standards (2015)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary Program of Studies: The Kentucky Board of Education must establish courses of study for the different grades and kinds of common schools, with the courses of study to comply with the expected outcomes for students and schools established in Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. (704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 3:303) Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. expresses that the General Assembly finds, declares, and establishes that schools shall develop their students’ ability to: Express their creative talents and interests in visual arts, music, dance, and dramatic arts [...] and, apply core concepts and principles from courses including the arts to situations they will encounter throughout their lives.
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle Program of Studies: The Kentucky Board of Education must establish courses of study for the different grades and kinds of common schools, with the courses of study to comply with the expected outcomes for students and schools established in Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. (704 Ky. Admin. Regs 3:303)

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. expresses that the General Assembly finds, declares, and establishes that schools shall develop their students’ ability to: Express their creative talents and interests in visual arts, music, dance, and dramatic arts [...] and, apply core concepts and principles from courses including the arts to situations they will encounter throughout their lives.
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School Program of Studies: The Kentucky Board of Education must establish courses of study for the different grades and kinds of common schools, with the courses of study to comply with the expected outcomes for students and schools established in Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. (704 Ky. Admin. Regs 3:303)

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451. expresses that the General Assembly finds, declares, and establishes that schools shall develop their students’ ability to: Express their creative talents and interests in visual arts, music, dance, and dramatic arts [...] and, apply core concepts and principles from courses including the arts to situations they will encounter throughout their lives.
Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Each student in a common school must have a total of at least twenty-two (22) credits for high school graduation. Those credits shall include: (7) History and appreciation of visual and performing arts (or another arts course which incorporates this content) - one (1) credit to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for arts and humanities or a standards-based specialized arts course based on the student’s individual learning plan. (704 Ky. Admin. Regs 3:305)

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year, the Kentucky assessment program shall include program reviews and program audits for arts and humanities, practical living skills and career studies, and the writing programs. For the Arts and Humanities programs, (1) the Kentucky Department of Education shall provide guidelines for these programs and their integration within the curriculum to all schools; (2) the Kentucky Department of Education shall establish and distribute criteria to use in the program review and audit processes and procedures recommended for local district and department reviews and audits; (3) each local district shall do an annual program review and the Department of Education shall conduct a program review of every school's program within a two year period with the frequency of audits to be determined by the Department of Education; and (4) each school-based decision making council shall analyze findings from program reviews for its schools and determine how it will address program recommendations to improve the program for students. (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6453)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Grade Levels and Specializations: (2) A base certificate shall be issued specifying one (1) or more of the following grade level and specialization authorizations: (f) All grade levels with one (1) or more of the following specialties: 1. Art; 5. Integrated music; 6. Vocal music; 7. Instrumental music. (16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 2:010)
State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Ride to the Center for the Arts Program Fund: To facilitate opportunities for statewide participation by public school children in the Commonwealth in educational experiences available through the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Department of Education shall administer the Ride to the Center for the Arts Program. Moneys from the ride to the center for the arts fund shall be used to provide matching funds to local school districts for the cost of transportation of students in grades six (6), seven (7), eight (8), and nine (9) for the purpose of visiting the Kentucky Center for the Arts. (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 157.606)

Grants for Arts Education and Foreign Language Programs: The Department of Education shall establish a program that promotes the integration of the arts and foreign languages in the elementary school program. (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.7992)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Capacities Required of Students: It is the intent of the General Assembly to create a system of public education which shall allow and assist all students to acquire the following capacities: (6) Sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each student to appreciate his or her cultural and historical heritage; (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.645)

Links to Administrative Code

Kentucky Administrative Regulations

Links to State Statutes

Kentucky Revised Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2012-2013

Date of Release/Publication

2014

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

316 responses were received, representing 27.5% of all K-12 public schools in Kentucky.

Survey Report

Arts Education in the South Phase I

Date of Past Survey

2005

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

685,167

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

16.0

Per Pupil Expenditures

$10,720

% High School Graduation Rate

79.9%

% High School Drop-out Rate

7.4%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

55.4%

% Minority Students

19.7%

% English Language Learners

2.7%

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

14.2%