Why can’t students just take some other test (or use other test results) to demonstrate performance?

The Augmented Benchmark Examinations have been developed to specifically align with the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks in order to evaluate student learning relative to the curriculum being taught within the state. Other tests have been developed as general instruments that are not specific to the Arkansas curriculum. Allowing the use of another instrument, or a variety of instruments, to gauge student performance related to the Arkansas curriculum is not an accurate measure of achievement relative to the state-level goals for education.

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