AIE Advocacy and Research

Basic education that includes the arts is mandatory in Washington State. All students are required to receive meaningful arts instruction as part of their lessons during the regular school day. Students graduating after 2019 are required to have arts education in order to graduate. You can read more about Washington State arts education laws here.

National Arts Standards

At the federal level, arts are core academic subject for K-12 education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) maintains the arts as a core academic subject.

Washington State Arts Standards and Framework

The K-12 Arts Learning Standards include five disciplines: dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. These standards include the National Core Arts Standards, and are arranged by four artistic processes:

  1. Creating
  2. Performing/Presenting/Producing
  3. Responding
  4. Connecting

Arts Curricula

Since 2008, OSPI has provided performance assessments for the arts. These assessments can be used by classroom teachers to gauge student understanding of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.

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