Arts Education Laws and Regulations in Washington State
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The Arts

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 - Class of 2019 and beyond
For students graduating in 2019 and after, arts education is required for high school graduation with two credits.

Arts High School Graduation Requirements
FAQ 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 – Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and maintains the arts as a core academic subject. The Arts in Washington State are defined as dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts.

Arts Education and Designated Funding
Funds are designated to musical education programs when a Music Matters license plate is purchased.

Arts and Career and Technical Education

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
Information 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


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