Rhode Island

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Core Academic Areas: English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. (R.I. Rules & Regs. L-6-1.0)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (2013)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Rhode Island Fine Arts Grade Span Expectations (2010)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Comprehensive Program of Study: Each LEA shall provide a comprehensive program of study in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, the sciences, visual arts & design and the performing arts, engineering and technology, comprehensive health, and world languages throughout the PK-12 system. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3)

Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts & Design: Classes in at least visual arts and design and music shall be available for each student in each grade through the middle level. Curriculum that includes dance and theatre shall adhere to the applicable grade span expectations. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3.5))

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Comprehensive Program of Study: Each LEA shall provide a comprehensive program of study in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, the sciences, visual arts & design and the performing arts, engineering and technology, comprehensive health, and world languages throughout the PK-12 system. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3)

Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts & Design: Classes in at least visual arts and design and music shall be available for each student in each grade through the middle level. Curriculum that includes dance and theatre shall adhere to the applicable grade span expectations. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3.5)

Availability of instruction in musical performance education: All secondary public schools, including middle schools, or any other secondary schools managed and controlled by the state, are strongly encouraged to offer as a part of the curriculum, courses in performing arts, including musical ensembles, such as band, chorus, orchestra, and other performance ensembles, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression. (16 R.I. Code R. § 22-27)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Comprehensive Program of Study: Each LEA shall provide a comprehensive program of study in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, the sciences, visual arts & design and the performing arts, engineering and technology, comprehensive health, and world languages throughout the PK-12 system. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3)

Dance Music, Theater, and Visual Arts & Design: A program of study shall exist for all secondary students to enable them to demonstrate proficiency in at least one art form. Additionally, secondary school students shall be provided with the opportunity to do multiple levels of coursework in visual arts and design in both two and three dimensions and in at least one performing arts discipline. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-1.3.5)

Availability of instruction in musical performance education: All secondary public schools, including middle schools, or any other secondary schools managed and controlled by the state, are strongly encouraged to offer as a part of the curriculum, courses in performing arts, including musical ensembles, such as band, chorus, orchestra, and other performance ensembles, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression. (State of R.I. General Laws Title 16 § 22-27).

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

LEAs shall formally adopt coursework graduation requirements that (1) apply to all students within the LEA and (2) require successful completion of at least twenty academic courses or the equivalent that include demonstrations of proficiency in the six core content areas. Six required courses are presumed to include, but not limited to, world languages, the arts, physical education and health, and technology pursuant to LEA policies and applicable state law. (R.I. Rules & Regs. L-6-3.1)

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Comprehensive Assessment: Each LEA shall develop a comprehensive assessment system that includes measures of student performance for the purposes of formative, interim, and summative evaluations of all students in each core content area [one is the arts]. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-3.1)

Proficiency: Commencing with the graduating class of 2014, each LEA shall create a composite measure of each student’s overall proficiency in the six core academic areas: English language arts, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. (R.I. Rules & Regs. L-6-3.0)

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

All Grade Teacher Certificates: [Requirements for] All Grades Art Teacher, Grades PK-12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.2); All Grades Dance Teacher, Grades PK­12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.3); All Grades Music Teacher, Grades PK-12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.7); [and] All Grades Theatre Teacher, Grades PK-12 (R.I. Rules & Regs. 9.5.11).

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

Rhode Island Rules & Regulations

Links to State Statutes

State of Rhode Island General Laws

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

1999-2001

Date of Release/Publication

2001

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

District

Response Rate to Survey

A total of 34 out of 36 school districts and over 150 arts educators and 45 arts and community organizations responded to the Task Force’s survey.

Survey Report

Literacy in the Arts: A Framework for Action

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

142,481

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

14.4

Per Pupil Expenditures

$15,745

% High School Graduation Rate

76.4%

% High School Drop-out Rate

5.7%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

46.2%

% Minority Students

37.2%

% English Language Learners

6.2%

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

17.0%