West Virginia

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

Not found in statute or code.

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards West Virginia Early Learning Standards Framework (2014)
Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards

West Virginia 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives (2008)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary

Foundations for High-Quality Early Learning Programming (Grades K-5): Developmentally Appropriate Standards Focused Curriculum: Best practices for a comprehensive approach to early learning instruction indicate appropriate and sufficient emphases in all content areas [including music and visual art] are provided. Developmentally appropriate integration of content is utilized to provide rigor based on students’ prior experiences, knowledge and developmental levels. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.2.d)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle

Foundations for High-Quality Middle Level Programming (Grades 6-8): Developmentally Appropriate Standards Focused Curriculum: The programs of study [including music and visual art] will be taught by a team of qualified teachers. A diverse set of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies will scaffold students to mastery and beyond of the grade level content standards and objectives. The principal and a team of teachers will determine an adequate amount of time necessary to achieve mastery of the approved content standards and objectives for each program of study and effectively address the academic needs of all students in the literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language in all content areas. Visual art, choral and instrumental music (band or orchestra) will be offered to all students in grades 6-8. Chorus or instrumental music may substitute for a general music course at each grade level. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.3.a)

Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School

Adolescent Programs Electives (Grades 9-12): [Schools are required to offer] four sequential courses in music (both choral and instrumental), visual art (general art and/or studio art), dance, theatre. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.4.b)

Arts Requirements for High School Graduation Personalized Education Plan: Each student’s PEP will identify course work for the four (4) credits that will lead directly to placement in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses, an industry-recognized certificate or license, or workforce training programs. The four credits taken in a career and technical concentration must be consistent with those identified for WVDE approved career and technical programs of study [including]…Arts, A/V Technology and Communication. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.4.a)
Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation Personalized Education Plan: Each student’s PEP will identify course work for the four (4) credits that will lead directly to placement in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses, an industry-recognized certificate or license, or workforce training programs. The four credits taken in a career and technical concentration must be consistent with those identified for WVDE approved career and technical programs of study [including]…Arts, A/V Technology and Communication. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-42-5.4.a)
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 Elementary Education (K-6) Programs: Elementary education (K-6) programs shall include a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework in English/language arts, health, mathematics, physical education, science, social studies and the arts such that the coursework is relevant to the curriculum delivered in the elementary K-6 classroom. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-114-6.3.b.1)
Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Not found in statute or code.

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Not found in statute or code.

Other State Arts Ed Policies

Applied Music Credit: Students may receive credit toward graduation for instruction in applied music with private teachers. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-31)

Those working within the fields of the arts & humanities may apply wage-earning experience hours toward licensures. The number of hours varies based on the education level of the individual. (W. Va. Code R. § 126-136-8)

Links to Administrative Code

West Virginia Code of State Rules

Links to State Statutes

West Virginia Code

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

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Date of Release/Publication

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Population or Sample

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Unit of Analysis (school or district)

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Response Rate to Survey

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Survey Report

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Date of Past Survey

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Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

283,044

Per Pupil Expenditures

14.1

Per Pupil Expenditures

$11,884

% High School Graduation Rate

78.3%

% High School Drop-out Rate

7.5%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

52.5%

% Minority Students

8.6%

% English Language Learners

0.7%

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

15.7%