New Mexico

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

“Core academic subjects” means English, language arts, reading, mathematics, science, the arts, including music and visual arts, social studies, which includes civics, government, economics, history, and geography, and modern and classical languages, except the modern and classical Native American languages and cultures of New Mexico tribes or pueblos. (N.M. Code R. § 6.61.5.7)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines (2014)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

New Mexico Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards (2008)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Minimum Instructional Areas Required: C. All first, second and third grade classes shall provide instruction in art, music and a language other than English, and instruction that meets content and performance standards shall be provided in science, social studies, physical education and health education. D. In fourth through eighth grades, instruction that meets academic content and performance standards shall be provided in the following subject areas: (6) arts [and] (7) music. (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-1)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Minimum Instructional Areas Required: C. All first, second and third grade classes shall provide instruction in art, music and a language other than English, and instruction that meets content and performance standards shall be provided in science, social studies, physical education and health education. D. In fourth through eighth grades, instruction that meets academic content and performance standards shall be provided in the following subject areas: (6) arts [and] (7) music. (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-1)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Not found in statute or code.

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

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation Accreditation: The department shall require public schools to address department-approved academic content and performance standards when instructing in specific department-required subject areas [including music and art in grades 2-8]. A public school or school district failing to meet these minimum requirements shall not be accredited by the department. (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-1)
Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers

Educational Requirements for Licensure: The department shall require a person seeking licensure or reciprocity in elementary or secondary education to have completed the following minimum requirements in the college of arts and sciences: (6) six hours in fine arts. (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-10A-6)

Elementary Education, K-8: Competencies for entry level elementary teachers: (J.) Knowledge of content: (5) Arts [which includes dance, music, theatre, and visual arts]. (N.M. Code R. § 6.61.2)

Middle Level Education, 5-9: Middle level teachers have a strong sense of self and foster the same in their students: (1) Ability to encourage students to express themselves creatively in a number of ways, including visual and performing arts. (N.M. Code R. § 6.61.3)

Early Childhood, Birth-PreK: Early childhood professionals demonstrate knowledge of child development and learning, as well as content knowledge, both in terms of academic disciplines and in terms of interdisciplinary integration. Their approach to curriculum content emerges from multiple sources, such as play and exploration, and is appropriate for the ages and developmental levels of the children with whom they work. Content includes, but is not limited to, the arts, literacy, mathematics, physical education, health, social studies, science, and technology. Children’s initial experiences with these content areas form the foundation for later understanding and success. (N.M. Code R. § 6.61.11)

Early Childhood, PreK-Grade 3: Early childhood professionals demonstrate knowledge of child development and learning, as well as content knowledge, both in terms of academic disciplines and in terms of interdisciplinary integration. Their approach to curriculum content emerges from multiple sources, such as play and exploration, and is appropriate for the ages and developmental levels of the children with whom they work. Content includes, but is not limited to, the arts, literacy, mathematics, physical education, health, social studies, science, and technology. Children’s initial experiences with these content areas form the foundation for later understanding and success. (N.M. Code R. § 6.61.12)

Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Competencies for Entry-level Performing Arts and Visual Arts Education [which includes dance, music, theatre, and visual arts]. (N.M. Code R. § 6.64.13)
State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

New Mexico School for the Arts: The purpose of the New Mexico School for the Arts Act is to provide for the establishment of the New Mexico school for the arts as a statewide residential state-chartered charter high school that provides New Mexico students who have demonstrated artistic abilities and potential with the educational opportunity to pursue a career in the arts. (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-15F)

Other State Arts Ed Policies Fine Arts Education Act: The purpose of the Fine Arts Education Act is to encourage school districts and state-chartered charter schools to offer opportunities for elementary school students to participate in fine arts activities, including visual arts, music, theater and dance. (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-15D-2)
Links to Administrative Code

New Mexico Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

New Mexico Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2014

Date of Release/Publication

2015

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

District

Response Rate to Survey

100%

Survey Report

New Mexico Fine Arts Education Act: Program Plan and Evaluation 2014

Date of Past Survey

2013

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

338,220

Per Pupil Expenditures

15.2

Per Pupil Expenditures

$10,543

% High School Graduation Rate

67.3%

% High School Drop-out Rate

7.8%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

68.2%

% Minority Students

74.5%

% English Language Learners

15.8%

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

13.7%