Tennessee

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Not found in statute or code.

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2012)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Tennessee Fine Arts Curriculum Standards (2012)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Art and Music: The course of instruction in all public schools for kindergarten through grade eight (K-8) shall include art and music education to help each student foster creative thinking, spatial learning, discipline, craftsmanship and the intrinsic rewards of hard work. Local boards of education are encouraged to fully implement the art and music curriculum adopted by the board of education through both art and music classes, as well as integration into other core academic subjects. (Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1025)

Fine Arts--Grades K-8: The visual arts and music programs, provided annually, must be based on state curriculum standards and must be developmentally appropriate. Instruction in theater arts and dance may be incorporated into the curriculum consistent with state curriculum standards. (Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-03-.05)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Art and Music: The course of instruction in all public schools for kindergarten through grade eight (K-8) shall include art and music education to help each student foster creative thinking, spatial learning, discipline, craftsmanship and the intrinsic rewards of hard work. Local boards of education are encouraged to fully implement the art and music curriculum adopted by the board of education through both art and music classes, as well as integration into other core academic subjects. (Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1025)

Fine Arts--Grades K-8: The visual arts and music programs, provided annually, must be based on state curriculum standards and must be developmentally appropriate. Instruction in theater arts and dance may be incorporated into the curriculum consistent with state curriculum standards. (Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-03-.05)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Fine Arts - Grades K-12: The [visual art, music, dance, and theatre] programs shall be based on the state curriculum standards and shall be developmentally appropriate with instruction focusing on activities relating to appreciate and production. (Tenn. Comp. R & Regs. 0520-01-03-.05)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation The following twenty-two (22) units shall be required for graduation for students who enter the ninth (9th) grade in 2009-10 and thereafter: 1 unit of Fine Arts.  (Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-03-.06)
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

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers Employment Standards: A classroom teacher with an endorsement in elementary education or early childhood education is eligible to teach any subject, including art, music, and physical education, in the grades covered by the endorsement as part of the teacher’s regular classroom assignment. (Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-02-.03)
Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers A teacher in grades K through 8 who teaches art, music, or physical education the major portion of the day shall be endorsed in art, music, or physical education respectively.  (Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-02-.03)
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

Tennessee Rules and Regulations

Links to State Statutes

Tennessee Code

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

417 responses were received, representing 25.5% of all K-12 public schools in Tennessee.

Survey Report

Arts Education in the South Phase I

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

993,496

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

15.0

Per Pupil Expenditures

$9,221

% High School Graduation Rate

80.4%

% High School Drop-out Rate

5.7%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

58.6%

% Minority Students

33.7%

% English Language Learners

3.3%

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

12.8%