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Table 2.18. Arts education policies, by state: 2018

State State defines the arts in statute or code as a core or academic subject State adopted early childhood or prekindergarten arts education standards State adopted elementary and/or secondary arts education standards State requires districts or schools to offer arts instruction at the elementary school level State requires districts or schools to offer arts instruction at the middle school level State requires districts or schools to offer arts instruction at the high school level State includes arts courses as an option to fulfill graduation requirements State requires state-, district- or school-level assessment of student learning in the arts State specifies arts education as a requirement for schools to be accredited State provides funding for an arts education grant program or a state-funded school for the arts
United States1 29 51 51 44 44 44 20 16 17 22
                     
Alabama Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Alaska No Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes
Arizona Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Arkansas No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
California Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
                     
Colorado Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Connecticut No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Delaware No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
District of Columbia No Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Florida No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
                     
Georgia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Hawaii No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
Idaho No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No
Illinois Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Indiana No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
                     
Iowa No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Kansas No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Kentucky Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Louisiana Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Maine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
                     
Maryland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Massachusetts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Michigan No Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No
Minnesota Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mississippi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
                     
Missouri No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Montana No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Nebraska Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Nevada No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
New Hampshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
                     
New Jersey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
New Mexico Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
New York No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
North Carolina Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
North Dakota Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No
                     
Ohio No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Oklahoma Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oregon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Pennsylvania Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Rhode Island Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
                     
South Carolina No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
South Dakota No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
Tennessee No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Texas Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Utah Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
                     
Vermont No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Virginia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Washington Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
West Virginia No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Wisconsin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Wyoming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
1 National total reflects the number of "Yes" responses for the column.
SOURCE: Education Commission of the States and Arts Education Partnership, ArtScan at a Glance: Connecting the States and Arts Education Policy, retrieved March 12, 2018 from https://www.ecs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018_ArtScan-at-a-Glance.pdf. Data Source