Distance learning provides a positive way of addressing teacher availability in Arkansas while providing quality educational opportunities to students anywhere in the state.
Distance Learning Focus Areas:
- To help alleviate the increasing shortage of available qualified teachers.
- To provide additional course scheduling opportunities of students currently forced to choose between courses that are scheduled infrequently or concurrently.
- To provide an opportunity for students to access an enriched curriculum and additional courses beyond those mandated by the Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools.
- To develop and make available online professional development and instructional resources for all teachers and administrators.
Distance Learning State Providers
Act 1280 Implementation
Digital Learning Provider Application
This application should be completed by any agency that plans to provide online course services to a public school district in Arkansas. Applications will be reviewed by committee and are due on January 17, 2014 in order to provide services for the 2014-2015 academic year. If approved, the provider will be added to the Arkansas Department of Education-approved provider list and be eligible for partnering with a high school.
Digital Learning Pilot Notification
This online survey should be completed by a high school that plans to participate in a pilot program for the 2013-2014 school year. This is not an application process. This is simply a vehicle for the school to notify the ADE that the pilot is occurring for data and support purposes.
Note: A public school district or public charter school that offers a digital learning course through an approved digital learning provider shall ensure that each digital learning course offered at the public school district or public charter school has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). It is not necessary for a public school district or public charter school to seek approval from the ADE for courses that have curriculum framework provided by the ADE or for courses that have previously been approved by the ADE if the approval is still current.
For courses not previously approved by the ADE, a public school district or public charter school that offers a digital learning course through an approved digital learning provider shall obtain approval for the course from the ADE prior to offering the course to students. A public school district or public charter school may seek course approval by contacting the Curriculum and Instruction Unit.
For more information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
K-12 Distance Learning
101 Bulldog Drive
Plumerville, AR 72127
- ADE "Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts" (July 2009) Posted 5/17/2013 pdf
- 2008-2009 Distance Learning State Providers Posted 5/17/2012 pdf
- School Level Performance Descriptors for Arkansas' Standards and Indicators for School Improvement (SISI) Posted 4/17/2012 pdf