Arts in Core Academic Subjects, Assessment, & Accreditation

State Arts Ed Assessment RequirementsArts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Alabama

Not found in statute or code.

Regulations Governing Public Schools: Local boards shall offer foreign languages, arts education, physical education, wellness education, career and technical education, and driver education as electives. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-1.02 pg. 20)

Alaska

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Arizona

Minimum Course of Study and Competency Goals for Students: Students shall demonstrate competency as defined by the State Board-adopted Essential Skills, at the grade levels specified, in the following required subject areas. District instructional programs shall include an ongoing assessment of student progress toward meeting the competency requirements: 6. Music [and] 7. Visual Arts. (Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-301)

Not found in statute or code.

Arkansas

Not found in statute or code.

Standards for Accreditation: All students in grades K-8 must receive instruction in fine arts annually. Three-and-a-half units in fine arts must be taught annually in grades 9-12. (Code Ark. R. 005 19 007)

California

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Colorado

In revising its preschool through elementary and secondary education standards, each local education provider shall ensure that it adopts standards, at a minimum, in those subject matter areas that are included in the state preschool through elementary and secondary education standards, including but not limited to English language competency and visual arts and performing arts education...Each local education provider shall adopt assessments that are aligned with the local education provider's standards and curricula and that will adequately measure each student's progress toward and attainment of the local education provider's standards for the subject areas that are not assessed by the state through the system of assessments adopted by the state board. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 22-7-1013)

Not found in statute or code.

Connecticut

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Delaware

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

District of Columbia

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Not found in statute or code.

Florida

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Not found in statute or code.

Georgia

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Hawaii

Effective learning shall be facilitated through the maximum and active participation of each student in the learning process, insuring that personal meaning is derived from curriculum content, appropriate and relevant teaching and learning strategies, and self-assessment as well as standards-based assessment, grading and reporting procedures. The learning experiences shall be included in concepts commonly taught in, but not limited to... fine arts..., or a combination of the above subject areas. (Hawaii State Board of Education Policy 2100)

Not found in statute or code.

Idaho

Comprehensive Assessment Program: Districts are responsible for writing and implementing assessment in those standards not assessed by the state assessment program. (ID ADC 08.02.03.111)

Not found in statute or code.

Illinois

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Not found in statute or code.

Indiana

Not found in statute or code.

Required for State Accreditation: A school must meet the following accreditation requirements to be accorded full accreditation status: (1) Compliance with the following legal standards: (D) Curriculum offering requirements listed under 511 IAC 6.1-5 [which includes visual arts and music]. (511 IAC 6.1-1-4 and 511 IAC 6.1-5)

Iowa

Not found in statute or code.

General Educational Standards: The following areas shall be taught in grades one through six: English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, age-appropriate and research-based human growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, music, and visual art. (Iowa Code § 256.11) 

General Educational Standards: The following shall be taught in grades seven and eight: English-language arts; social studies; mathematics; science; health; age-appropriate and research-based human growth and development; family, consumer, career, and technology education; physical education; music; and visual art. (Iowa Code § 256.11)

General Educational Standards: In grades nine through twelve, a unit of credit consists of a course or equivalent related components or partial units taught throughout the academic year. The minimum program to be offered and taught for grades nine through twelve is: i. Three units in the fine arts which shall include at least two of the following: dance, music, theater, and visual art. (Iowa Code § 256.11)

Kansas

Not found in statute or code.

School Accreditation Requirements: Each school shall be assigned its accreditation status based upon the extent to which the school has met the performance and quality criteria established by the state board in this regulation. The performance criteria shall be as follows: (9) programs and services to support student learning and growth at both the elementary and secondary levels, including the following: (C) fine arts. (Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-31-32)

Kentucky

Beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year, the Kentucky assessment program shall include program reviews and program audits for arts and humanities, practical living skills and career studies, and the writing programs. For the Arts and Humanities programs, (1) the Kentucky Department of Education shall provide guidelines for these programs and their integration within the curriculum to all schools; (2) the Kentucky Department of Education shall establish and distribute criteria to use in the program review and audit processes and procedures recommended for local district and department reviews and audits; (3) each local district shall do an annual program review and the Department of Education shall conduct a program review of every school's program within a two year period with the frequency of audits to be determined by the Department of Education; and (4) each school-based decision making council shall analyze findings from program reviews for its schools and determine how it will address program recommendations to improve the program for students. (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6453)

Not found in statute or code.

Louisiana

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Not found in statute or code.

Maine

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School Approval Requirements: Elementary and secondary schools and school administrative units must meet all requirements of the system of learning results as established in section 6209 as well as other requirements of Title 20 and other statutory requirements applicable to the public schools and basic school approval standards. (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 20-A § 4502)

System of Learning Results: The department in consultation with the state board shall establish parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in various subjects including visual and performing arts. (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 20-A § 6209)

Maryland

Not found in statute or code.

Certification Procedures: By September 1, 1989, and each 5 years after that, each local superintendent of schools shall have certified to the State Superintendent of Schools that the instructional programming within grades K—12 meets, at a minimum, the requirements set forth in Regulation .01 [Regulations covers requirements for Fine Arts instruction programs in grades K-12]. (COMAR 13A.04.16.02)

Massachusetts

With respect to individual schools, the system shall include instruments designed to assess the extent to which schools and districts succeed in improving or fail to improve student performance, as defined by student acquisition of the skills, competencies and knowledge called for by the academic standards and embodied in the curriculum frameworks established by the board pursuant to sections one D and one E in the areas of mathematics, science and technology, history and social science, English, foreign languages and the arts, as well as by other gauges of student learning judged by the board to be relevant and meaningful to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and taxpayers. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 69, § 1J)

Each school district shall file a description of the following instructional procedures and programs with the department every year: (a) art and music programs. [In addition,] each school district shall file a description of the following instructional procedures and programs with the department every year: (a) art and music programs. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 69, § 1J)

Michigan

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Minnesota

Adopting Policies: A school board shall adopt a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan [which] includes: (2)a process for assessing and evaluating each student's progress toward meeting state and local academic standards and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of instruction in pursuit of student and school success and curriculum affecting students' progress and growth toward career and college readiness and leading to the world's best workforce. (Minn. Stat. 120B.11)

Not found in statute or code.

Mississippi

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Missouri

Not found in statute or code.

The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP): MSIP-5 Process Standards and Indicators will include evidence of adequate insruction in physical education and fine arts to be included in standards used to determine classification. School district performance will be reviewed annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in accordance with this rule...The board will assign classification designations of unaccredited, provisionally accredited, accredited, and accredited with distrinction based on the standards of the MSIP. (5 CSR 20-100.105)

Montana

School Accreditation–Curriculum and Assessment: Local school districts shall ensure their curriculum is aligned to all content standards [one of which is the arts] and the appropriate learning progression for each grade level. School districts shall assess the progress of all students toward achieving content standards and content-specific grade-level learning progressions in each program area. (ARM tit. 10.55.603)

Arts Program Delivery Standards: [Montana has identified specific conditions and practices that all basic arts programs shall meet.] (ARM tit. 10.55.1201)

Nebraska

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Nevada

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

New Hampshire

Assessment: Schools must provide for the ongoing assessment of learning outcomes through the use of local assessments that are aligned with state and district content and performance standards [including arts education] (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.24)

Approved Schools: In order to be an approved school, public schools and public academies shall meet the applicable criteria established in these standards [including arts education programming]. (N.H. Code Admin. R. Ed 306.01)

New Jersey

District boards of education shall be responsible for assessing and publicly reporting on the progress of all students in developing the knowledge and skills specified by the Core Curriculum Content Standards [which includes visual and performing arts], including civics, financial literacy, and all content areas not currently included in the Statewide assessment program. (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1)

Not found in statute or code.

New Mexico

Not found in statute or code.

Accreditation: The department shall require public schools to address department-approved academic content and performance standards when instructing in specific department-required subject areas [including music and art in grades 2-8]. A public school or school district failing to meet these minimum requirements shall not be accredited by the department. (N.M.S.A. § 22-13-1)

New York

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

North Carolina

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

North Dakota

Not found in statute or code.

Accreditation Standards: In grades 1-6, a minimum of 45 minutes per week of instruction in Art and 90 minutes per week in Music are required. (N.D. Admin. Code § 67-19-01-35)

Instructional Program, Grades 7 & 8: Music must be available to all students: (1) For a minimum of one hundred minutes per week in grade seven; (2) For a minimum of one hundred minutes per week in grade eight; or (3) For a minimum of fifty minutes per week in grade seven and for a minimum of fifty minutes per week in grade eight. (b) A minimum of two hundred minutes per week of instruction in courses from one or a combination of the following must be available: (1) Art. (N.D. Admin. Code § 67-19-01-34)

High School Required Units: In order to be approved by the superintendent of public instruction, each public and nonpublic high school shall make available to each student: (g) Two units of fine arts, at least one of which must be music. (N.D. Cent. Code § 15.1-21-02)

Ohio

School District Curriculum and Instruction: A course of study shall be adopted for each subject taught. Each course of study [including fine arts] shall (v) provide a way to assess student progress and the need for intervention; and (viii) be guided by Ohio's state-adopted model curriculum programs, or other curricular models, and objectives assessed by the state proficiency tests. Districts shall provide for an assessment system that aligns with their courses of study and includes: (1) regular assessment of student performance; and (2) guidelines for using assessment results for instruction, evaluation, intervention, guidance, and grade-promotion decisions. (Ohio Admin. Code 3301-35-04 (A)(1 and 5) and (G))

Not found in statute or code.

Oklahoma

Norm-Referenced Tests--Criterion-Referenced Tests: Each school district shall administer to each student in the school district in grades three through eight an assessment designed to assess the student in the fine arts area in which the student has received instruction. Each school district shall prepare an annual report for approval by the State Board of Education outlining the fine arts assessment strategies used by the district, when the assessments were administered, how many students were assessed during the previous year, and the results of the assessments. (70 Okl. St. Ann. § 1210.508-A-7)

The written curriculum shall include the state Priority Academic Student Skills [one is Fine Arts]. (Okla. Admin. Code 210:35-3-66)

Oregon

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Pennsylvania

Assessments and Public Reporting: School entities shall assess the attainment of academic standards developed under subsections (a) and (c) one of which is Arts & Humanities] and any other academic standards that they develop and describe in their strategic plans under § 4.52(c) for purposes of high school graduation and strategies for assisting students to attain them. Plans for assessment developed by school entities must take into account that academic standards [one of which is Arts & Humanities] in subsections (a) and (c) may be attained by students in various ways and shall be assessed in various ways. Children with disabilities may attain the academic standards by completion of their individualized education programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and this part. (22 Pa. Code § 4.12)

Not found in statute or code.

Rhode Island

Comprehensive Assessment: Each LEA shall develop a comprehensive assessment system that includes measures of student performance for the purposes of formative, interim, and summative evaluations of all students in each core content area [one is the arts]. (R.I. Rules & Regs. G-13-3.1)

Proficiency: Commencing with the graduating class of 2014, each LEA shall create a composite measure of each student’s overall proficiency in the six core academic areas: English language arts, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. (R.I. Rules & Regs. L-6-3.0)

Not found in statute or code.

South Carolina

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

South Dakota

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Tennessee

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Texas

Not found in statute or code.

Required Curriculum: A school district that offers kindergarten through Grade 12 must offer the following as a required curriculum: (2) an enrichment curriculum that includes: (D) fine arts. (Tex. Admin. Code tit. 19, § 74.1)

Utah

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Vermont

Local Comprehensive Assessment: By September 1, 2006, each school district shall develop a local comprehensive assessment system that [includes the arts]. (Vt. Code R. 2120.2.2)

Not found in statute or code.

Virginia

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Washington

By the end of the 2008-09 school year, school districts shall have in place in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools 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)

Not found in statute or code.

West Virginia

Not found in statute or code.

Not found in statute or code.

Wisconsin

Not found in statute or code.

School District Standards: Each school district shall meet all of the school district standards [which include instructional requirements for art and music]. (Wis. Admin. Code § PI 8.01)

Wyoming

The combination of assessments that comprise the [district assessment] system shall be aligned with district content and performance standards so that the full set of standards in the common core of knowledge and skills [including fine and performing arts]...is assessed. (WY Ed Regulations Ch. 6 § 8)

School Accreditation--Student Standards: All public school students shall meet the student content and performance standards at the level set by the school district aligned to state standards for: Common Core of Knowledge [Fine and performing arts are a subject area]. (WY Ed Regulations Ch. 6 § 7)