Virginia

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Core academic subjects means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-81-10)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (2013)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

Virginia Fine Arts Standards of Learning (2013)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Instructional Programs: Local school boards shall develop and implement a program of instruction for grades K through 12 that...shall emphasize...fine arts, which may include, but need not be limited to, music and art, and practical arts. (Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:1)

Elementary School: Each school shall provide instruction in art, music, and physical education and health and shall require students to participate in a program of physical fitness during the regular school year in accordance with guidelines established by the Board of Education. (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-131-80)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Instructional Programs: Local school boards shall develop and implement a program of instruction for grades K through 12 that...shall emphasize...fine arts, which may include, but need not be limited to, music and art, and practical arts. (Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:1)

Middle School: Each school shall provide instruction in art, music, foreign language, physical education and health, and career and technical exploration and shall require students to participate in a program of physical fitness during the regular school year in accordance with guidelines established by the Board of Education. Four elective courses shall be available: level one of a foreign language, one in health and physical education, one in fine arts, and one in career and technical exploration. (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-131-90)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Instructional Programs: Local school boards shall develop and implement a program of instruction for grades K through 12 that...shall emphasize...fine arts, which may include, but need not be limited to, music and art, and practical arts. (Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:1)

High School: The secondary school shall provide each student a program of instruction in the academic areas of English, mathematics, science, and history/social science that enables each student to meet the graduation requirements described in 8VAC20-131-50 and shall offer opportunities for students to pursue a program of studies in foreign languages, fine arts, and career and technical areas. (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-131-100)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation For a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma students must complete two standard unit of credit in Foreign Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education.  (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-131-50)
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 Teacher Certification: Candidates for a preK-3 or preK-6 endorsement must have completed course work that covers the early/primary education preK-3 competencies [including]: (f) Arts and humanities - 6 semester hours.  (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-22-150 and 160)
Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers Endorsement Requirements: Requirements for endorsements in Dance (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-22-320), Music instrumental (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-22-450,) Music vocal/choral (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-22-460), Theatre (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-22-570), and Visual Arts (8 Va. Admin. Code § 20-22-580)
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

Virginia Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

Code of Virginia

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

Not found

Date of Release/Publication

Not found

Population or Sample

Not found

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

Not found

Response Rate to Survey

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Survey Report

Not found

Date of Past Survey

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Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

1,265,419

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

14.2

Per Pupil Expenditures

$11,650

% High School Graduation Rate

81.2%

% High School Drop-out Rate

4.2%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

39.5%

% Minority Students

47.1%

% English Language Learners

7.4%

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

12.8%