Washington

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Basic Education - Goals of school districts: The goals of each school district, with the involvement of parents and community members, shall be to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills essential to: 2) know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; arts; and health and fitness. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.150.210)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines (2012)

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards Washington State Arts Learning Standards (2014)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Basic Education Act: The goals of each school district shall be to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills essential to: (2) Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.150.210)

Schools receiving all-day kindergarten program support shall agree to the following conditions: (b) Providing a curriculum that offers a rich, varied set of experiences that assist students in: (iii) providing experiences in arts [among others]. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.150.315)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Basic Education Act: The goals of each school district shall be to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills essential to: (2) Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.150.210)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Basic Education Act: The goals of each school district shall be to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills essential to: (2) Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.150.210)  

Mandatory Areas of Study: School districts must provide an opportunity for high school students to take at least one course in each of several areas of study, including art and music. (Wash. Admin. Code § 392-410-115)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation The statewide minimum subject areas and credits required for high school graduation for students shall [include] two arts credits beginning with the class of 2019. The essential content in this subject area may be satisfied in the visual or performing arts. (Wash. Admin. Code § 180-51-068)
Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation Not found in statute or code.
Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

By the end of the 2008-09 school year, school districts shall have in place in elementary schools, middle schools, and high school assessments or other strategies chosen by the district to assure that students have an opportunity to learn the essential academic learning requirements in social studies, the arts, and health and fitness. The office of the superintendent of public instruction may not require school districts to use a classroom-based assessment in social studies, the arts, and health and fitness to meet the requirements of this section and shall clearly communicate to districts their option to use other strategies chosen by the district. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.230.095)

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 Certificate endorsements in visual arts, dance, music, and theatre. Programs must be approved by the professional educator standards board. (Wash. Admin. Code § 181-82A-202)
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

Washington Administrative Code

Links to State Statutes

Revised Code of Washington

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2008

Date of Release/Publication

2009

Population or Sample

Sample

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

A total of 478 principals participated in the survey, from 171 districts throughout the state.

Survey Report

K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year

Date of Past Survey

2006

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

1,051,694

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

19.6

Per Pupil Expenditures

$11,494

% High School Graduation Rate

77.2%

% High School Drop-out Rate

6.4%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

45.2%

% Minority Students

40.8%

% English Language Learners

8.9%

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

12.4%