Massachusetts

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

The board will direct the commissioner to institute a process to develop academic standards for the core subjects of mathematics, science and technology, history and social science, English, foreign languages and the arts. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 69 §1D) 

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences (2003)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework (1999)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Every town shall maintain...a sufficient number of schools for the instruction of all children who may legally attend a public school therein. Such schools shall be taught by teachers of competent ability and good morals, and shall give instruction and training in orthography, reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, the history and constitution of the United States, the duties of citizenship, health education, physical education and good behavior. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 71, § 1)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Every town shall maintain...a sufficient number of schools for the instruction of all children who may legally attend a public school therein. Such schools shall be taught by teachers of competent ability and good morals, and shall give instruction and training in orthography, reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, the history and constitution of the United States, the duties of citizenship, health education, physical education and good behavior. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 71, § 1)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Every town shall maintain...a sufficient number of schools for the instruction of all children who may legally attend a public school therein. Such schools shall be taught by teachers of competent ability and good morals, and shall give instruction and training in orthography, reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, the history and constitution of the United States, the duties of citizenship, health education, physical education and good behavior. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 71, § 1)

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

With respect to individual schools, the system shall include instruments designed to assess the extent to which schools and districts succeed in improving or fail to improve student performance, as defined by student acquisition of the skills, competencies and knowledge called for by the academic standards and embodied in the curriculum frameworks established by the board pursuant to sections one D and one E in the areas of mathematics, science and technology, history and social science, English, foreign languages and the arts, as well as by other gauges of student learning judged by the board to be relevant and meaningful to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and taxpayers. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 69, ยง 1I)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Each school district shall file a description of the following instructional procedures and programs with the department every year: (a) art and music programs. [In addition,] each school district shall file a description of the following instructional procedures and programs with the department every year: (a) art and music programs. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 69, § 1J)

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Early Childhood (PreK-2): Topics in basic principles and concepts of the arts, health, and physical education appropriate to the PreK-2 grades shall be included in an approved program but will not be addressed on a written test of subject matter knowledge. (603 Mass. Regs. Code 7.06)

Elementary (Levels 1-6): The following topics shall be included in an approved program but will not be addressed on a written test of subject matter knowledge: Basic principles and concepts in each of the visual and performing arts (art, music, drama/theater, dance). (603 Mass. Regs. Code 7.06)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements for Teachers: [Requirements for teachers of] Dance, all levels (603 Mass. Regs. Code 7.06), Music, all levels (603 Mass. Regs. Code 7.06), Theater, all levels (603 Mass. Regs. Code 7.06), [and] Visual Art, Levels: PreK-8 and 5-12 (603 Mass. Regs. Code 7.06).
State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Not found in statute or code.

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Not found in statute or code.

Links to Administrative Code

Code of Massachusetts Regulations

Links to State Statutes

Massachusetts General Laws

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

Not found

Date of Release/Publication

Not found

Population or Sample

Not found

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

Not found

Response Rate to Survey

Not found

Survey Report

Not found

Date of Past Survey

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Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

954,773

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

13.5

Per Pupil Expenditures

$16,273

% High School Graduation Rate

82.6%

% High School Drop-out Rate

3.8%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

37.0%

% Minority Students

34.0%

% Minority Students

8.1%

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

17.4%