Welcome to ArtScan! ArtScan, a project of the Arts Education Partnership, is a searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
You will find not only policy language excerpted directly from each state’s education policies but also information on state-level surveys of arts education and a set of descriptive education indicators (from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics’ Digest of Education Statistics: 2012).
For the purposes of ArtScan, “state policy” refers to the system of laws and regulatory measures that pertain to the provision of arts education. Only those policies that hold the weight of law and refer to the arts explicitly are included in ArtScan.
How to Use ArtScan
Below are five ways to engage with the data housed in ArtScan.
Capture a snapshot of all the data ArtScan has to offer about your state including state policies in 14 policy areas, arts education survey information (when applicable), and state-level education indicators.
Create custom side-by-side comparison reports using a search engine that allows you to choose individual states and policy areas/data points of interest to you.
Compare the policies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia within specific policy areas.
• Arts Education Instructional Requirements
• High School Requirements for Arts Education
• Arts Requirements for Educator Licensure
• Arts in Core Academic Subjects, Assessment, & Accreditation
• Surveys of Arts Education
Explore a summary of 13 state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Learn more about ArtScan and explore an analysis of the findings in A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education (March 2014).
_ArtScan will be updated as new information becomes available. Please contact Scott Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or updates. _ _
To track the most recent policy updates:
The ECS State Policy Database: Curriculum–Arts Education — ECS’ policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state’s fiscal support of ECS. Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included.
Since 1999, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a part of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), has tracked state policies for arts education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2013, AEP, with the cooperation of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), merged its State Policy Database with the ECS database, ArtScan. To update the information for the 2014 edition of ArtScan, AEP staff conducted a comprehensive search of state education statutes and codes on each state’s relevant websites. The new structure for the 2014 ArtScan allows users to explore the data in multiple ways, including a state level profile for all policy areas, a comparison of selected states and policy areas, and several types of 50-state reports. For more information about ArtScan and an analysis of the findings, please see AEP’s March 2014 Research and Policy Brief: A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education.