Common Core in Arkansas:
Common Core Arkansas

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

The Arkansas Department of Education is encouraging teachers to use the Common Core Maps, detailed lesson and reading plans written by the authors of the Common Core.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Notices given to local school districts by parents are passed on to the Arkansas Department of Education. The names are then placed in a state database and used to notify homeschoolers of the date and locations of tests that homeschoolers must take. There is no opt-out option of this database for homeschoolers.

Local Action Groups

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Updated: 5/15/2015