The Common Core State Standards will require a common assessment. When will that take effect?
It is expected that states adopting the Common Core State Standards will also implement a student assessment system aligned with the CCSS beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Along with 25 other states, Arkansas is a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which has formed to create an historic assessment system to provide more services and supports to students and teachers than are currently available. The common assessment is a natural continuation of the work already underway in Arkansas and builds on our current assessment system. By partnering with other states, we will be able to leverage resources, share expertise, and produce a system that will meet the needs and expectations of Arkansas students and teachers Until a common assessment is designed, piloted, and implemented, the ADE will continue using the Benchmark and End of Course exams to assess students in mathematics, English language arts, and science.« Back to FAQs