Fine Arts

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Fine Arts

Information on the 2020 fine arts standards may be found HERE. We look forward to a public comment period in October.  Keep watching this page for updates on the process! 


Fine Arts Requirements

School districts shall develop and implement curriculum, courses, and instruction in order to ensure that students meet the skills and competencies as set forth in this section and in the subject matter standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  Students, therefore, shall study social studies, literature, languages, the arts, mathematics, and science (70 O.S. 11-103.6). 

The fine arts include dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art.  Although there is no fine arts assessment, state law mandates access to a PK-12 fine arts education. 


Fine Arts Newsletter 

Check out the latest edition for professional development opportunities, important announcements, and fine arts news from across the state!  

October 2019 September 2019  
August 2019 May 2019 April 2019
March 2019 February 2019 January 2019
December 2018 November 2018 October 2018
September 2018 August 2018  


State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is pleased to join with the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education and the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma for the 29th Annual State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. This special recognition is given to high school juniors and seniors who meet certain criteria.  In addition, we recognize fine arts educators, school administrators, and school boards who exhibit leadership, support quality arts education, and demand academic excellence in Oklahoma schools. 

2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Applications

  • Applications will be posted in February 2020


Copyright Law

Copyright law can be an intimidating subject for arts educators.  However, every Oklahoma fine arts teacher should know and follow copyright law.  If you have technical questions about possible legalities of a copyright, speak to your administrator or district music supervisor for advice on legal counsel. 

Music Education Copyright Law Guidance

Visual Art Education Copyright Law Guidance 


Regional Professional Learning Workshops

As part of the EngageOK cycle, the State Department of Education is offering regional meetings around the state for educators.  Fine Arts educators will have the opportunity to attend subject specific professional learning workshops.  These professional workshops are FREE to attend!  More information can be found here.   

Professional Development

The Office of Standards and Curriculum is available to provide professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through video conference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for the professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at least 5 districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 25 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated. 
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Last updated on October 2, 2019