New Jersey

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Core Curriculum Content Standards: New Jersey Student Learning Standards or NJSLS means standards adopted by the State Board of Education on May 1, 1996, and as thereafter revised by the State Board, and the Common Core State Standards adopted by the State Board on June 16, 2010, and as thereafter revised by the State Board, that describe the knowledge and skills all New Jersey students are expected to acquire by benchmark grades in the following areas: English language arts; mathematics; science; social studies; visual and performing arts; comprehensive health and physical education; world languages; technology; and 21st career life and careers. The standards are established for the provision of a thorough and efficient education pursuant to N.J. Admin Code § 18A:7F-46 and as a basis for the evaluation of school districts in accordance with N.J. Admin Code § 6A:30. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-1.3)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards New Jersey Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards (2014)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

New Jersey Visual and Performing Arts Standards (2014)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary General Provisions: The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) [which includes the visual and performing arts] apply to all students enrolled in public elementary, secondary, and adult high school education programs within the State of New Jersey. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-1.2)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle General Provisions: The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) [which includes the visual and performing arts] apply to all students enrolled in public elementary, secondary, and adult high school education programs within the State of New Jersey. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-1.2)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

General Provisions: The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) [which includes the visual and performing arts] apply to all students enrolled in public elementary, secondary, and adult high school education programs within the State of New Jersey. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-1.2)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation Participation in a local program of study of not fewer than 120 credits in courses designed to meet all of the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including, but not limited to, the following credits: (vii) At least five credits in visual and performing arts. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-5.1)
Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

District boards of education shall be responsible for assessing and publicly reporting on the progress of all students in developing the knowledge and skills specified by the NJSLS, including civics, financial literacy, and all content areas not currently included in the Statewide assessment program. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:8-3.1)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers Not found in statute or code.
Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

General Requirements for Arts Certificates: [To be eligible for the CE, CEAS or standard certificate in an arts discipline teachers must comply with the requirements in N.J. Admin Code § 6A:9-8.1 and meet requirements for the following disciplines:] Art Teachers (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:9-11.14); [and] Speech Arts and Dramatics (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:9-11.15).

Teaching Endorsements: The teaching endorsements and authorizations in (a)1 through 9 below are grouped within the relevant: 1. Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Dance, Music, Speech and Dramatics, [and] Theater. [The code identifies what holders of these endorsements are able to teach.] (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:9-9.2)

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

New Jersey School of the Arts: It is hereby declared to be the policy of the State to foster, encourage and promote, and to provide assistance for, the cultural development of the citizens of New Jersey, and to this end the State Legislature hereby establishes a school for the workplace readiness skills of students in the performing, literary and visual arts which shall be defined as an educational institution of the State under the supervision and direction of the State Board of Education, to serve the students of New Jersey and to supplement and provide instruction to fulfill the Core Curriculum Content Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts adopted by the State Board of Education, to be known as the New Jersey School of the Arts. (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:61A)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Arts Create Excellent Schools (ACES) Program: The program shall provide for the development of three model schools which incorporate an innovative arts-infused curriculum into the student learning process. (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:54G)

Vocational-Technical Education Certification Requirements: Career and technical education endorsements authorize the holder to teach career and technical education programs in all public schools: (3) Arts, audio/video technology, and communications. (N.J. Admin Code § 6A:9-11.2)

Links to Administrative Code

New Jersey Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

New Jersey Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2011

Date of Release/Publication

2012

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

Of the 2,257 public (non charter) schools targeted for participation, 2,234 successfully completed a questionnaire, yielding a 99% response rate. Fifty-six of the 73 charter schools also participated in this survey for a response rate of 77%. Ten schools were removed for data validity concerns. The total number of public and charter schools included in this analysis is 2,290.

Survey Report

Keeping the Promise--Arts Education for Every Child: The Distance Travelled - The Journey Remaining

Date of Past Survey

2006

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

1,372,203

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

12.4

Per Pupil Expenditures

$19,156

% High School Graduation Rate

87.2%

% High School Drop-out Rate

4.0%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

36.8%

% Minority Students

50.2%

% English Language Learners

4.3%

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

16.9%