State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Not found in statute or code.

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Not found in statute or code.

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Missouri Fine Arts Grade Level Expectations (2006-2007)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary Arts Instruction: Each elementary student will receive instruction in art, music, and physical education for a minimum of fifty (50) minutes in each area each week. These classes shall be taught by teachers with appropriate certification. (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-100(R-1))
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle Arts Instruction: Art and music are scheduled and taught so that all students have access to each for a minimum of 1,500 minutes each year. (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-100(R-2))
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School Arts Instruction: Each high school provides all students in grades 9-12 sufficient access to content required to meet the minimum graduation credit requirements and meet the specific needs of students and communities. Content areas must include: English language arts, mathematics, science, department-approved career education (e.g., agriculture education), social studies, world languages, fine arts (art and music), physical education, health, practical arts, and personal finance, as appropriate for high school. (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-100(R-3))
Arts Requirements for High School Graduation School Improvement Standards: At least one unit of credit in the fine arts (music, visual arts, dance or theater) is required for graduation. (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-100.190)
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

The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP): MSIP-5 Process Standards and Indicators will include evidence of adequate instruction in physical education and fine arts to be included in standards used to determine classification. School district performance will be reviewed annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in accordance with this rule...The board will assign classification designations of unaccredited, provisionally accredited, accredited, and accredited with distinction based on the standards of the MSIP. (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-100.105)

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Certificate of License to Teach Content Areas: [Certificates available for] Art (9-12, K-12, K-9), Dance (K-12), Instrumental music (K-12), Speech/Theatre (5-9, 9-12), [and] Vocal music (K-12). (Mo. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 20-400)
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

Missouri Code of State Regulations

Links to State Statutes

Missouri Revised Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

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A total of 514 districts were included in the study.

Survey Report

Arts Education Makes a Difference in Missouri Schools

Date of Past Survey

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Public K-12 Education Indicators

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% High School Graduation Rate


% High School Drop-out Rate


% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch


% Minority Students


% English Language Learners


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