Oklahoma

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Priority Academic Student Skills, Arts Overview: Since 1990 the arts have been part of core curriculum in Oklahoma. The Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) in the arts is a basic curriculum framework. (Okla. Admin. Code § 210:15-3-114)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines (2010)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Fine Arts (2013)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Adoption of Curriculum Standards: All students shall gain literacy at the elementary and secondary levels through a core curriculum. Students must develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, computing and critical thinking. They also must learn about cultures and environments - their own and those of others with whom they share the earth. Students, therefore, must study social studies, literature, languages, the arts, mathematics and science. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 11-103.6)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Adoption of Curriculum Standards: All students shall gain literacy at the elementary and secondary levels through a core curriculum. Students must develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, computing and critical thinking. They also must learn about cultures and environments - their own and those of others with whom they share the earth. Students, therefore, must study social studies, literature, languages, the arts, mathematics and science. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 11-103.6)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Adoption of Curriculum Standards: All students shall gain literacy at the elementary and secondary levels through a core curriculum. Students must develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, computing and critical thinking. They also must learn about cultures and environments - their own and those of others with whom they share the earth. Students, therefore, must study social studies, literature, languages, the arts, mathematics and science. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 11-103.6)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation In order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education with a standard diploma, students shall complete the following college preparatory/work ready curriculum units or sets of competencies at the secondary level: One unit or set of competencies of fine arts, such as music, art, or drama, or one unit or set of competencies of speech. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 11-103.6)
Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Norm-Referenced Tests--Criterion-Referenced Tests: Each school district shall administer to each student in the school district in grades three through eight an assessment designed to assess the student in the fine arts area in which the student has received instruction. Each school district shall prepare an annual report for approval by the State Board of Education outlining the fine arts assessment strategies used by the district, when the assessments were administered, how many students were assessed during the previous year, and the results of the assessments. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.508-A-7)

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation The written curriculum shall include the state Priority Academic Student Skills [one is Fine Arts]. (Okla. Admin. Code § 210:35-3-66)
Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers Early Childhood Education: The candidate for licensure and certification knows, understands, and uses: (C) The knowledge of how young children think, process information, and develop concepts in content areas including language, literacy, mathematics, science, health, safety, nutrition, social studies, art, music, drama, and movement. (Okla. Admin. Code § 210:20-9-172)
Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Professional Standards: Teacher education and certification--full subject matter competencies: Competencies [for licensure in] art education, instrumental/general music, vocal/general music, speech/drama/debate [and] dance education. (Okla. Admin. Code § 210:20-9-172)
State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts: A secondary school to be known as the Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts is hereby established. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.451)

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Statewide System of Alternative Education Programs: All districts shall provide alternative education programs. A program shall [among other requirements] provide opportunities for arts education to students, including Artists in Residence programs coordinated with the Oklahoma Arts Council. (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.568)

School/Community Network for Arts in Education: The purpose is to develop arts instruction/programming in one or more of the components addressed in the Arts in Education program for one or more of the following blocks; elementary, middle school/junior high, high school. (Okla. Admin. Code § 210:40-63-1)

Links to Administrative Code

Oklahoma Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

Oklahoma Statutes

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2008

Date of Release/Publication

2010

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

Information was acquired from 1,440 public schools (representing 578,913 students) of the 1,793 total public schools (representing 639,390 students). This report accounts for 80% of all public schools and represents 91% of the state’s student population.

Survey Report

Scratching the Surface: What We Know--And Don't Know--About Music Education in Oklahoma

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

673,483

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

16.1

Per Pupil Expenditures

$8,591

% High School Graduation Rate

78.5%

% High School Drop-out Rate

8.2%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

61.7%

% Minority Students

47.4%

% English Language Learners

6.9%

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

15.0%