• On July 2, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 681 into law which, among other things, created an Arts High School Graduation Requirement in North Carolina. Arts NC had worked for this vital arts education legislation for over a decade and fully supports this major breakthrough for equitable access to quality arts instruction as part of a well-rounded education for every North Carolina student. Now, according to NC State Law:

    • A student must complete ONE arts credit (music, visual art, theatre arts, dance) between Grade 6 and Grade 12 in order to graduate from high school, beginning with those students entering Grade 6 in 2022.
    • The NC State Board of Education will define the standards of the arts credit and to plan for its phased-in implementation.
    • The NC State Board of Education would report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on or before December 15, 2022 about the implementation of this high school graduation requirement and of the three components of Comprehensive Arts Education (arts education, arts integration, and arts exposure)
Timeline of Arts Ed Grad Requirment