Maine

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

System of Learning Results Established: The department shall establish parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in English language arts; mathematics; science and technology; social studies; career and education development; visual and performing arts; health, physical education and wellness; and world languages. (20-A 222 Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 6209)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards Maine Early Learning and Development Standards (2015)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Maine Learning Results: Visual and Performing Arts Standards (2007)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Elementary Course of Study: The basic course of study for the elementary schools must provide for the instruction of all students in career and education development, English language arts, world languages, health education and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and visual and performing arts, as described in the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements subject to the schedule specified in section 6209. (20-A 207-A Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 4711)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Middle School Course of Study: The basic course of study for the junior high schools or middle schools must provide for the instruction of all students in career and education development, English language arts, health education and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, visual and performing arts and world languages, as described in the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements subject to the schedule specified in section 6209. (20-A 207-A Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 4712)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School Secondary Schools General Requirement: A secondary…program must include instruction for all students in career and education development, English language arts, health education and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, visual and performing arts and world languages. (20-A 207-A Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 4721)
Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Required Subjects: Courses in the following subjects shall be provided in separate or integrated study programs to all students and required for a high school diploma. List of subjects includes: (E) Fine arts, which may include art, music, forensics or drama--one year. (20-A 207-A Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 4722)

The department shall establish parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in English language arts; mathematics; science and technology; social studies; career and education development; visual and performing arts...(2) Parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements: Each student shall study and achieve proficiency in the areas of: (H) visual and performing arts (20-A 222 Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 6209)

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

School Approval Requirements: Elementary and secondary schools and school administrative units must meet all requirements of the system of learning results as established in section 6209 as well as other requirements of Title 20 and other statutory requirements applicable to the public schools and basic school approval standards. (20-A 206 Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 4502)

System of Learning Results: The department in consultation with the state board shall establish parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in various subjects including visual and performing arts. (20-A 222 Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 6209)

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Early Childhood Teacher Eligibility Pathway 2: (j) Program must include instruction for all students in career and education development, English language arts, health education and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, visual and performing arts and world languages. (05 071 Me. Code R. 05 § 115 pt. II)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Teacher Qualifications: State board rules governing the qualifications for a provisional teacher certificate must require that a certificate may only be issued to an applicant who meets the requirements of subsection 2-B, has successfully completed a student teaching experience of at least 15 weeks and: (C) is otherwise qualified by having met separate educational criteria for specialized teaching areas, including, but not limited to art and music, as established by the state board for teaching in these specialized areas. (20-A 504 Me. Rev. Stat. 20-A § 13012)

Endorsement: This endorsement on a teacher certificate allows the holder to teach students kindergarten through grade 12 in one of the following endorsement areas: 620 art and 614 music. (05 071 Me. Code R. 05 § 115 pt. II)

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Arts in Education Program: Provides leadership in developing and sustaining an agenda for arts education throughout the State in partnership with federal, state and local entities. The commission shall lead efforts to make the arts a part of the core education for all students from kindergarten to grade 12 and to increase arts opportunities outside the school setting. (27 15 Me. Rev. Stat. 27 § 412)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Not found in statute or code.

Links to Administrative Code

Code of Maine Rules

Links to State Statutes

Maine Revised Statutes

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

185,739

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

12.2

Per Pupil Expenditures

$13,274

% High School Graduation Rate

82.8%

% High School Drop-out Rate

3.8%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

45.0%

% Minority Students

8.6%

% English Language Learners

2.7%

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

17.3%