Minnesota

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Required Academic Standards: The following subject areas are required for statewide accountability: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, health, and the arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.021)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards (2005) 
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts (2008)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Compulsory Instruction: Instruction must be provided in at least the following subject areas: (1) basic communication skills including reading and writing, literature, and fine arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120A.22)

Required Academic Standards: Public elementary and middle schools must offer at least three, and require at least two, of the following four arts areas: dance, music, theater and visual arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.021)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Compulsory Instruction: Instruction must be provided in at least the following subject areas: (1) basic communication skills including reading and writing, literature, and fine arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120A.22)

Required Academic Standards: Public elementary and middle schools must offer at least three, and require at least two, of the following four arts areas: dance, music, theater and visual arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.021)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Compulsory Instruction: Instruction must be provided in at least the following subject areas: (1) basic communication skills including reading and writing, literature, and fine arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120A.22)

Required Academic Standards: Public high schools must offer at least three and require at least one of the following five arts areas: media arts; dance; music; theater; and visual arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.021)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Students beginning 9th grade in the 2011-2012 school year and later must successfully complete the following high school level course credits for graduation: (6) one credit of the arts sufficient to satisfy all of the state or local academic standards in the arts. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.024)

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation Credit Equivalencies: A career and technical education credit may fulfill a mathematics or arts credit requirement. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.024)
Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Adopting Policies: A school board shall adopt a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan [which] includes: (2) a process for assessing and evaluating each students progress toward meeting state and local academic standards and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of instruction in pursuit of student and school success and curriculum affecting students progress and growth toward career and college readiness and leading to the worlds best workforce. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.11)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Early Childhood, Subject Matter Standards: A teacher of young children in the primary grades plans, designs, and implements developmentally appropriate learning experiences. The teacher must understand: (8) the central concepts and tools of inquiry for teaching visual and performing arts. (Minn. R. 8710.3000)

Elementary Education, Subject Matter Standards: A teacher of children in kindergarten through grade 6 must demonstrate knowledge of fundamental visual and performing arts, including music, dance, and theater, concepts and the connections among them. (Minn. R. 8710.3200)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Professional Standards Board: [Identifies license requirements for teachers of the following art forms] Dance and Theatre Arts (Minn. R. 8710.4300); Dance (Minn. R. 8710.4310); Theatre Arts (Minn. R. 8710.4320); Vocal Music and Instrumental Music (Minn. R. 8710.4650); Visual Arts (Minn. R. 8710.4900).

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Perpich Center for Arts Education: [The purpose is to provide] an interdisciplinary academic and arts program for pupils in the 11th and 12th grades [and] additional instruction to pupils for a 13th grade. (Minn. Stat. § 129C)

Additional Requirements and Processes for Arts in Education Programs: The arts in education school support program shall provide matching grants to elementary and secondary Minnesota schools for artist residencies. The arts in education organizational support program shall provide grants for organizations that produce school residency programs. (Minn. R. 1900.2010)

Other State Arts Ed Policies Grade-Level Benchmarks: The commissioner of education must supplement required state academic standards [including the arts] with grade-level benchmarks. (Minn. Stat. § 120B.023)
Links to Administrative Code

Minnesota Administrative Rules

Links to State Statutes

Minnesota Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2010-2011

Date of Release/Publication

2012

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

Of the 1420 public (non-charter) schools targeted for participation, 626 successfully completed a questionnaire, yielding a 44% response rate. A total of 376,924 Minnesota public school students were represented by this study.

Survey Report

Building a Legacy: Arts Education for All Minnesota Students

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

845,404

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

15.8

Per Pupil Expenditures

$12,515

% High School Graduation Rate

88.2%

% High School Drop-out Rate

4.4%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

38.3%

% Minority Students

28.0%

% Minority Students

6.3%

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

14.6%