Student Assessment

Every student attending an Arkansas public school shall participate in the statewide program of educational assessments required in Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009 and established by the State Board. The assessments administered to Arkansas students are detailed below.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments, aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), are administered in Arkansas. The PARCC assessments allow parents and educators to determine students’ progression in school and whether they are on track for postsecondary success. The PARCC assessment also provides teachers with the ability to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help.
The PARCC assessments are required to be administered to students in grades 3-10 for English Language Arts\Literacy and grades 3-8 for mathematics. PARCC End-of-Course (EOC) assessments are required for Algebra I and Geometry, and districts may choose to administer assessments for Algebra II and/or Grade 11 English Language Arts\Literacy.
Science assessments are administered in grades 5 and 7 using the Augmented Benchmark Examinations for Science, and in high school with the Biology End-of-Course assessment. These assessments are aligned with the Arkansas Science Curriculum Frameworks. 
The Qualls Early Learning Inventory (QELI) is administered at the beginning of the school year to all kindergarten students and to any first grade student who did not attend kindergarten.
The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® is administered to students in grades 1 - 2.
Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), will take the appropriate assessment for their grade level or course, with or without modifications. Those students with significant cognitive disabilities, for whom the other assessments are not appropriate, are evaluated using both of the following assessments:
Effective Date: September 1, 2014
Revised Date: September 19, 2014

For more information, please contact:

Hope Allen, Director of Student Assessment
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4558


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Common Core