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Published: Published: September 3rd, 2019

UPDATE: Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal

SB1111, better known as Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal, took another step forward on Monday August 26th. The Arizona State Board of Education unanimously allowed the bill (known as R7-2-321 to the State Board) to open for rulemaking.

What is rulemaking?

SB1111 was signed into law by Governor Ducey on May 14th, 2019. The law stipulates that, ADE and the State Board, in partnership with Arts Education experts, will create the student and LEA requirements for participation in the Arts Education Proficiency Seal. ADE and stakeholders submitted the proposed requirements for State Board rule on Monday, August 26th, and the board agreed that the item should move forward through the process.

What’s next?

The State Board’s rulemaking procedures require a public hearing no sooner than 20 days following opening the rule. The Board will be hosting a public hearing at the Board’s offices on September 18, 2019 at noon. Findings from this meeting will be submitted to the board on September 23rd.

It is anticipated that the board will not officially adopt the rule until their October 28 meeting, in which the rule will become active or will remain tabled for adjustments. If activated, the 2019-20 Arts Education Proficiency Seal LEA Application will be opened in November 2019. 

What are the proposed student requirements?

Arts Education Stakeholders from across the state submitted the following recommendation to the ADE and Arizona State Board of Education:

To qualify for the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, a student will complete:

        • A final GPA of 3.0 or 4.0 in each qualifying arts/career and technical education (CTE) course.
        • 4 minimum credit requirements in one of the following ways:
          • A minimum of 4 credits in one artistic discipline: (dance, music, theatre, visual arts or media arts)
          • OR
          • 3 credits in one artistic discipline, and 1 qualifying creative industries CTE credit or separate artistic discipline.
          • OR
          • 2 credits in one artistic discipline, and 2 credits in a qualifying creative industries CTE class
        • 80 hours of arts related extracurricular activities
        • A student capstone project

Stakeholders also requested that the ADE produce a guidance document to assist in LEA implementation of the Arts Seal program, including examples and definitions of: appropriate extracurricular activities, appropriate and rigorous capstones, an approved list of Creative Industries CTE courses.

How can students begin the Arts Seal Pathway?

Interested students must be enrolled in a participating District/LEA. Districts and LEAs will submit an annual application to the department of education. Approved applications will allow Districts and LEAs to administer the seal of Arts Proficiency to qualifying students.

Can I engage in Public Comment?

Yes! You may express your support or share your concerns with the Arizona State Board of Education. If you would like to submit a public comment on rules, please submit them to [email protected], or you may attend the public hearing on September 18th. Information can be found via the Arizona State Board Website

The ADE Office of Arts Education is happy to answer any questions you might have.

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