Forty-one states now have instructional requirements for arts education at all levels (elementary, middle, and high school), though only 17 states have policies regarding assessment in the subject, according to a new report by the Arts Education Partnership, a part of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
The group released an updated version of its annual analysis of state policies regarding arts education this week. The other notable findings include:
- Twenty-seven states now consider the arts a “core” or “academic” subject. Of those, only Georgia lists the four traditional disciplines—dance, music, theater, and visual art—in its statutory definition. (Note that the report refers to the District of Columbia as a state.)
- Iowa is the only state that has not established state standards in arts education for elementary and secondary levels. (Many states use the voluntary arts standards created by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, which are currently undergoing revisions.)