Laws and Regulations
Arts are included in the Basic Education Goals in State Law
Dance, music, theatre, and visual arts are defined as core content areas in our state’s definition of basic education.
Arts Standards and Performance Assessments
K-12 Arts Learning Standards include Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRS), supporting Grade Level Expectations (GLEs), and State-Developed Performance Assessments.
Arts Education and District Accountability
Arts Education includes an Annual State Verification Report to ensure students have the opportunity to learn the arts in elementary, middle, and high school.
Arts Education Graduation Requirements
Arts Education is required for high school graduation with one credit. In November 2010, the State Board of Education recommended an increase in the number of arts credits to two for students following a typical path to graduation. If this is supported by the State Legislature it would apply to the class of 2016.
Arts High School Graduation Requirements – FAQ document provided by the Washington State Board of Education
Arts Education as a Profession
Arts Education may be counted for an Occupational Education credit.
Arts Education is Federal Law
Arts Education is identified as a core academic subject area by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (2002). Dance, music, theatre and visual arts are defined as the arts in Washington State.
Arts Education is Innovative
Arts Education is a part of a process of design for innovative schools with an emphasis on A-STEM (arts, science, technology, engineering, and math). ESHB 1546, 2011
Arts Education and Designated Funding
Funds are designated to musical education programs when a “Music Matters” license plate is purchased. SHB 1329, 2011
WSSDA Policy 2413 Document for Equivalency Credit for Career and
Technical Education Courses (PDF)
Career and technical courses approved for equivalency must meet certain criteria, outlined in this document.
CTE Toolkit Version 3.0 (PDF)
The requirement for use of a CBA/CBPA in CTE cross crediting of all core
academic and essential subjects (which includes the arts-dance, music,
theatre and visual arts).
CTE Certification Requirements
An initial CTE is valid for four years and renewable for three years. Learn
more about the requirements for CTE certification.
Arts Education and Occupational Education
A non-CTE course may be considered equivalent to Occupational Education when student meet specific criteria. WAC 180-51-061