New Hampshire

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Core Subjects: The local school board shall require an integrated approach to the use of 21st century tools…for students to: Become proficient in the use of 21st century tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information within the context of the core subjects of: Reading, Mathematics, English and language arts, Science, Social studies (including civics, government, economics, history, and geography, arts, and world languages). (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 306.42)

Adequate Public Education: It is the policy of the state of New Hampshire that public elementary and secondary education shall provide all students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for successful participation in the social, economic, scientific, technological, and political systems of a free government, now and in the years to come; an education that is consistent with the minimum standards for public school approval, the state-established academic standards, and school district or school curriculum. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 193-E:1)

Criteria for an Adequate Education: An adequate education shall provide all students with the opportunity to acquire: V. Grounding in the arts, languages, and literature to enable them to appreciate our cultural heritage and develop lifelong interests and involvement in these areas. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 193-E:2)

Substantive Educational Content of an Adequate Education: I. Beginning in the school year 2008-2009, the specific criteria and substantive educational program that deliver the opportunity for an adequate education shall be defined and identified as the school approval standards in the following areas: (e) Arts education. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed. 193-E:2-a)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards New Hampshire Kindergarten Readiness Indicators (2012)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

New Hampshire Curriculum Framework for the Arts (2001)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Arts Education Program: The local school board shall require that an arts education program for grades K-12 provides: Systematic and sequential instruction in the arts disciplines of music and visual art, while developing opportunities for dance and theatre. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.31)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Arts Education Program: The local school board shall require that an arts education program for grades K-12 provides: Systematic and sequential instruction in the arts disciplines of music and visual art, while developing opportunities for dance and theatre. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.31)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Arts Education Program: The local school board shall require that an arts education program for grades K-12 provides: Systematic and sequential instruction in the arts disciplines of music and visual art, while developing opportunities for dance and theatre. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.31)

Program Areas and Credits: The required credits in program areas offered by each high school shall [include] 3 credits in arts education. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.27)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

The 20 credits required for graduation [include] one half credit in Arts Education. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.27)

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Assessment: Schools must provide for the ongoing assessment of district and graduation competencies through the use of local assessments that are aligned with state and district content and performance standards [including arts education] (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.24)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Approved Schools: In order to be an approved school, public schools and public academies shall meet the applicable criteria established in these standards [including arts education programming]. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.01)

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

General Education Studies: The general education program shall include these core content competencies: (1g) arts [and] (2a) creative expression. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 609.01)

Early Childhood Education: A candidate for certification as an early childhood education teacher for birth through grade 3 shall demonstrate knowledge in the central concepts, skills, and tools of inquiry of the following areas: b.  The arts, including understanding the importance of the creative process and aesthetic development for all children and articulating the importance of high-quality, meaningful arts experiences to meet the developmental needs and support all children’s creative expression, in the areas of: 1. Open-ended pretend play, such as dramatic play and storytelling; 2. Music, experienced by listening to a variety of musical styles, moving to music, and creating music and rhythms with instruments and voice; 3. Creative movement and dance; 4.The visual arts using a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media, including, but not limited to, paint, clay, dough, drawing tools, and collage; and 5.The performing arts, including, but not limited to, puppets, role play, and creative dramatics (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.18)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Teacher Certification Standards: [Certification is offered in the following areas:] Music (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.38); Theatre (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.34); Dance (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.49); and Visual arts (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 507.09).

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

New Hampshire Administrative Rules

Links to State Statutes

New Hampshire Revised Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2008-2009

Date of Release/Publication

2011

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

A total of 153 schools completed the questionnaire, a 32% response rate representing 84,840 students, or 43.6% of the state’s public-school student population. No charter schools responded.

Survey Report

Measuring Up: New Hampshire Arts Education Data Project Report

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

188,974

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

12.7

Per Pupil Expenditures

$14,844

% High School Graduation Rate

86.3%

% High School Drop-out Rate

2.9%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

26.9%

% Minority Students

11.4%

% English Language Learners

2.0%

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

15.5%