This fine arts web page provides clarification, guidance, and support to fine arts stakeholders, including districts, schools, parents, educators, and students, for the development and implementation of the K–12 fine arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
- New Fine Arts Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Released: The TEA Curriculum Division has created a document to assist educators and stakeholders with common questions related to K–12 fine arts. The document can be found on this webpage under the Additional Fine Arts Resources section.
- New TEA-UIL Side by Side (2023-2024): The latest edition of the TEA-UIL Side by Side document has been published on the University Interscholastic League (UIL) website. This document provides important information regarding TEA Commissioner of Education rules and the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. UIL fine arts teachers may find useful information regarding eligibility, grading, and other important topics within this document.
Fine Arts TEKS
The links below provide access to the web-based version of the fine arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. You can also access a PDF version of the TEKS.
Additional Fine Arts Resources
In accordance with Proclamation 2015, a review of instructional materials related to fine arts was conducted in summer 2014. The results of this subject-area review can be found in the Currently Adopted Instructional Materials document on the Instructional Materials Division page.
The following resource provides a list of approved teacher certifications for instructors of fine arts.
The certifications for Grades K-5 are –
The certifications for Grades 6-8 are –
The certifications for Grades 9-12 are –
In accordance with the Texas Administrative Code and local district policy, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools may allow a student to satisfy the fine arts credit required for graduation on the Foundation High School Program by participating in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the district or charter school in which the student is enrolled. The fine arts program must provide instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills identified for fine arts by the State Board of Education.
School districts and charter schools must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of each community-based fine arts program. Details regarding the application process can be found in the documents listed below:
For fine arts educators who teach a UIL-sponsored activity, such as marching band, one act play, or drill team, please refer to the listed resources below for guidance. All other UIL-specific questions should be directed to the UIL office (outside source).
- College, Career, and Military Prep
- Early Childhood Education
- Graduation Information
- Learning Support and Programs
- Special Populations
- Student Assessment
General Arts Education
- Texas Commission on the Arts (outside source)
- Texas Cultural Trust (outside source)
- Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education (outside source)
- Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (outside source)
- National Endowments for the Arts (outside source)
- Americans for the Arts (outside source)
- Arts Education Partnership (outside source)
- Texas Dance Educators Association (outside source)
- National Dance Education Organization (outside source)
- National Association of School of Dance (outside source)
- Texas Music Educators Association (outside source)
- Texas Music Educators Conference (outside source)
- Texas Bandmasters Association (outside source)
- Texas Choral Directors Association (outside source)
- Texas Orchestra Director Association (outside source)
- National Association for Music Education (outside source)
- Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc. (outside source)
- Educational Theatre Association (outside source)
- International Thespian Society (outside source)
- American Alliance for Theatre & Education (outside source)
Visual Arts Education
Curriculum Standards and Student Support
For questions or additional information, please submit a Curriculum Request Form through the TEA Help Desk.
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