Arts Resources and Laws

Contact Information

The Arts

Mx. Jess Peña Manalo they/them
Director of Arts and Content Integration

Review various resources and laws related to The Arts.


  • National Core Arts Learning Standards
    These standards were publically released in June 2014 and include the arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.
  • What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education
    As building-­level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives high-quality and equitable arts learning as part of a well-rounded education. This updated guide offers three concrete actions school leaders can take to increase the arts in education in their schools.
  • ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts
    This report addresses the increased flexibility that ESSA provides to ensure that all students experience a well-rounded education that includes the arts.
  • Arts Research Clearinghouse
    ArtsEdSearch is an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high-quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice.
  • Arts Impact
    This program empowers classroom teachers to become confident leaders of standards-based art lessons that infuse the arts into the core classroom curriculum and improves student learning across the curriculum.

Laws & Regulations

  • 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 Law
    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 Law
    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 Law
    For students graduating in 2019 and after, arts education is required for high school graduation with two credits.
  • Arts Education is Federal Law
    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.