Arkansas: College and Career Policies

Arizona updated the Health Education standards in 2011.

Arkansas updated the Mathematics standards in 2010. They are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Arkansas requires additional credits for graduation in oral communications, physical education, health and safety, fine art, and career focus.

Arkansas requires 4 credits of math to graduate.

In order to renew an administration certificate, 60 hours of professional development per year is required.

Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009. The Arkansas State Board of Education has adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

The ACT Aspire end-of-year summative assessment will be used to assess all Arkansas public school students in grades 3-10 unless they qualify for an alternate assessment. Each student will participate in English, reading, writing, math and science tests.

Arkansas updated the Arts Education standards in 2015.

Arkansas follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Arkansas updated the Arts Education standards in 2015.

In 2011, Arkansas became one of 26 states to lead the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Arkansas's lead state process included a consideration of conceptual shifts in science education.

Arkansas State Code § 6-11-105 - Powers and duties articulates State Board of Education shall have general supervision of the public schools of the state; recommend courses of study for the public schools and teacher training institutions; issue certificates based upon credentials presented by applicants for certificates to teach in the public schools of the state.

Arkansas requires 3 credits of science courses for graduation.

Under Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-2801. Each public school shall implement the Teacher Excellence and Support System for all teachers employed at the public school under rules established by the State Board of Education. The Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Teacher Excellence and Support System are enacted pursuant to the authority of the State Board of Education under Ark. Code Ann. 6-17-1504, 6-17-2804, and Act 709 of 2013.

Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009. The Arkansas State Board of Education has adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

The ACT Aspire end-of-year summative assessment will be used to assess all Arkansas public school students in grades 3-10 unless they qualify for an alternate assessment. Each student will participate in English, reading, writing, math and science tests.

The 2011 Arkansas General Assembly introduced and passed legislation to standardize comprehensive evaluation and support for licensed educators and non-licensed teachers employed in public charter schools under a waiver of teacher licensure requirements granted by the State Board of Education in the schools’ charters. In the 2013 Legislative Session the Teacher Excellence and Support System was amended. TESS provides statutory direction for reform of teacher and leader evaluation systems.

Arkansas adopted Social Studies standards in 2014.

The Arkansas State Board of Education oversees the Arkansas teacher certification process.

Arkansas requires 3 credits of social studies for graduation.

In order to become a certified teacher in Arkansas, an applicant must earn a bachelor's degree, complete an accredited teacher preparation program, pass State Board approved assessments, and complete online professional development.

Arkansas State Code § 6-11-105 - Powers and duties articulates State Board of Education shall: “Qualify and standardize public schools and prescribe requirements for accrediting and grading public schools”.

The Arkansas Department of Education mandates that all teachers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for initial licensure. Any educator preparation programs must reside in professional education units accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and comply with state standards. All programs of higher education are subject to the standards and approval by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The State Board will not renew teacher licenses without completion of professional development hours.

Arkansas most recently updated the English Language Arts standards in 2014. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

4 credits of English are required to graduate.

Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009. The Arkansas State Board of Education has adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

The ACT Aspire end-of-year summative assessment will be used to assess all Arkansas public school students in grades 3-10 unless they qualify for an alternate assessment. Each student will participate in English, reading, writing, math and science tests.