North Carolina

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Basic Education Program: The Basic Education Program shall describe the education program to be offered to every child in the public schools. It shall provide every student in the State equal access to a Basic Education Program. Instruction shall be offered in the areas of arts, communication skills, physical education and personal health and safety, mathematics, media and computer skills, science, second languages, social studies, and vocational and technical education. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-81)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development (2013)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards North Carolina Arts Education Essential Standards (2010)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Basic Education Program: The Basic Education Program shall describe the education program to be offered to every child in the public schools. It shall provide every student in the State equal access to a Basic Education Program. Instruction shall be offered in the areas of arts, communication skills, physical education and personal health and safety, mathematics, media and computer skills, science, second languages, social studies, and vocational and technical education. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-81)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Basic Education Program: The Basic Education Program shall describe the education program to be offered to every child in the public schools. It shall provide every student in the State equal access to a Basic Education Program. Instruction shall be offered in the areas of arts, communication skills, physical education and personal health and safety, mathematics, media and computer skills, science, second languages, social studies, and vocational and technical education. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-81)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Basic Education Program: The Basic Education Program shall describe the education program to be offered to every child in the public schools. It shall provide every student in the State equal access to a Basic Education Program. Instruction shall be offered in the areas of arts, communication skills, physical education and personal health and safety, mathematics, media and computer skills, science, second languages, social studies, and vocational and technical education. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-81)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation Career Preparation Course of Study: Career preparation [course of study] shall include 4 credits in career/technical education, which must be in a career concentration or pathway that leads to a specific career field and which must include a second-level (advanced) course; or 4 credits in 1 of the 4 arts disciplines in arts education: theatre, music, visual arts, or dance; or 4 units in R.O.T.C. (16 N.C. Admin. Code 6D.0503)
Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers Board Set Licensure Requirements: To further ensure that teacher preparation programs remain current and reflect a rigorous course of study that is aligned to State and national standards, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina, shall do all of the following to ensure that students are prepared to teach in elementary schools: 4. Prepare students to integrate the arts across the curriculum.  (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115.296)
Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Any person employed by a Local Education Agency (LEA) in a professional educator position must hold a professional educator’s license. In addition, all persons teaching core academic subjects at the elementary, middle school, or high school levels must be “highly qualified” as specified by PL 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and 1.01 and 1.02 below. As specified in the PL 107-110 (NCLB), the term “core academic subjects” means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. (TCP-A-001 1.00, 1.01)

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

North Carolina School of the Arts: The primary purpose of the school shall be the professional training, as distinguished from liberal arts instruction, of talented students in the fields of music, drama, the dance, and allied performing arts, at both the high school and college levels of instruction, with emphasis placed upon performance of the arts, and not upon academic studies of the arts. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 116-69)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

A+ Schools Special Fund. (a) Fund. – The A+ Schools Special Fund is created as a special interest-bearing revenue fund in the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, North Carolina Arts Council. The Fund shall consist of all receipts derived from private donations, grant funds, and earned revenue. The revenue in the Fund may be used only for contracted services, conference and meeting expenses, travel, staff salaries, and other administrative costs related to the A+ Schools program. The staff of the North Carolina Arts Council and the Department shall determine how the funds will be used for the purposes of the A+ Schools program. (b) Application. – This section applies to the A+ Schools program, which was transferred to the North Carolina Arts Council by Section 9.8 of S.L. 2010-31. (c) Reports. – The Department shall submit a report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Natural and Economic Resources, and the Fiscal Research Division by September 30 of each year that includes the source and amount of all funds credited to the Fund and the purpose and amount of all expenditures from the Fund during the prior fiscal year. (2013-297, s. 3; 2015-241, s. 14.30(s), (iii).) (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143B-87.2)

Links to Administrative Code

North Carolina Administrative Code

North Carolina State Board of Education Policy Manual

Links to State Statutes

North Carolina General Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2012-2013

Date of Release/Publication

2014

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

888 responses were received, representing 35.1% of all K-12 public schools in North Carolina.

Survey Report

Arts Education in the South Phase I

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

1,518,465

Per Pupil Expenditures

15.4

Per Pupil Expenditures

$8,619

% High School Graduation Rate

76.9%

% High School Drop-out Rate

7.6%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

53.8%

% Minority Students

48.1%

% English Language Learners

6.6%

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

12.5%