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  Arkansas
Y/N/P- Authority Reference Link Comments
NCLB Standards and Assessments
Reading Standards Y Statute  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-407; Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-403  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/curriculum/frameworks.html
 
Arkansas has "Curriculum Frameworks" in grade bands K-4, 5-8, and high school English courses. The "Curriculum Frameworks" are broken into grade-by-grade benchmarks for K-8. 
Mathematics Standards Y Statute  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-407; Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-403  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/curriculum/frameworks.html
 
Arkansas has "Curriculum Frameworks," for Math in grade bands K-4, 5-8, and high school math courses. The "Curriculum Frameworks" are broken into grade-by-grade benchmarks for K-8. 
Science Standards Y Statute  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-407 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-403  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/curriculum/frameworks.html
 
Arkansas has "Curriculum Frameworks" for science in grade bands K-4, 5-8, and high school science courses. 
Annual Assessments in Reading Y Statute, Board Rules/Regulations  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-404; 6-15-407, as amended by S.B. 33 (2003), also known as Act 35; Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and the Academic Distress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/actaap/student_assessment/student_assessment_p1.htm
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/23.00_actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/Board_Minutes_August_03.pdf
 
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be tested in reading/literacy. 
Annual Assessments in Mathematics Y Statute, State Board Rules/Regs  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-404; 6-15-407, as amended by S.B. 33(2003), also known as Act 35; Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and the Academic Distress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/actaap/student_assessment/student_assessment_p1.htm
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/23.00_actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/Board_Minutes_August_03.pdf
 
Students in grades 3-8 will be tested in math. There will be end-of-course tests in Algebra I and Geometry. 
Assessments in Science Y Statute, State Board of Education  S.B. 33(2003), also known as Act 35; HB 2697; Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and the Academic Distress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/23.00_actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/Board_Minutes_August_03.pdf
 
In 2005-2006 testing in science will be added in at least two grades between 3 and 8. There will be an end-of-course test in Biology I. 
Assessment of English Language Proficiency Y Board Rules/Regs; state department of education   AR ADC 005 19 006 5.03; Dept. Memo Number: ACC-04-0   http://arkedu.state.ar.us/dirmemos/custview.cgi?filename=1941&sortby=memotype   Statute requires annual assessments. 
Inclusion of LEP Students Y Statute; State board; State department of education  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-433; Regs. 6.03.7; "Arkansas Alternate Portfolio Assessment System for Students with Limited English Proficiency Grades 4, 6, 8, and 11: Administration Manual 2003-2004"  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/SB33.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/LEP%20Man%200805.pdf
 
All students must participate in the state assessment, either through the standard assessment or the Alternate Portfolio Assessment. Decisions to participate in the alternate assessment are to be made on a case-by-case basis. 
Inclusion of Students with Disabilities Y Board Rules/Regs  AR ADC 005 19 006 5.00 - 5.02, 5.04 - 5.08  Unable to locate  Participation is expected, scores provided in separate reports, and accommodations are allowed. 
Inclusion of Migrant Students Y Department  ACTAAP (Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program) District and School Test Coordinator Manual   http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/DSTCManFT.pdf
 
Department document defines a migrant student and specifies that they should participate in assessments. 
Disaggregation of Results Y State Board, Rules, Statute  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-404, as amended by H.B. 2697 (2003), Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and Academic Distress Program 8.03.1  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf
 
2003 rule revision requires disaggregation by Students with Disabilities, Students who are English Language Learners, Economically Disadvantaged Students and Ethnic Subgroups. No mention is made of reporting by gender and migrant status. However, legislature required the state board to establish a clear, concise system of reporting the academic performance of each school on the state mandated criterion reference exam which conforms with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  
  Arkansas
Y/N/P- Authority Reference Link Comments
NCLB Accountability (AYP)
Single Accountability System Y Statute, Enacted Legislation  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-403; § 6-15-404, 2.01, From H.B. 2697 (SECTION 9. Ark. code Ann. § 6-15-403 is amended)  http://170.94.58.99/sdcodejul2002/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-hit-h.htm&2.0
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf
 
Arkansas' code requires the department of education to create a single assessment and accountability system. 
All Schools Included Y State Board Rules/Regs.  Rules and Regulations Governing Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, Accountability Program  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
All schools and students are included in Arkansas' accountability system. 
Continuous Growth to 100% Proficiency Y State Department  Rules and Regulations Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and the Academic Distress Program 8.03; 9.04.5  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
Rules requires all students, including all subgroups, to achieve 100% by 2013-14. 
Annual Determination of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Y Statute, State Board Rules/Regulations  Ark. Code Ann. 6-15-1901 and 1906, as amended by S.B. 33(2003), also known as Act 35; Reg. 3.01; Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program And the Academic Distress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
The Arkansas state board shall set expected achievement levels on statewide assessments, and will annually assess and report on school progress toward these goals. Rules indicate that these requirements have been adopted. 
Accountability for All Subgroups Y Statute, State Board Rules/Regs.  2003 H.B. 269, Sec. 12 (22), Reg. 2.01, 10.02; Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program And the Academic Distress Program, 9.03.1  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
H.B. 269 requires AYP calculations to match the requirements of NCLB, including accountability for all subgroups. State board rules indicate this requirement has been adopted. 
Primarily Based on Academics Y Statute, State Board  ARK. Code Ann. § 6-15-404 (a); 6-15-1901 and 1906 as amended by S.B. 33(2003), also known as Act 35; Rules and Regulations Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and the Academic Distress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
AYP decisions based primarily on academics. 
Includes Graduation Rates and Additional Indicator Y Act 1467; Statutes; Board Rule; Department Web site  Act 1467 Ark. Code § § 6-15-419 (3) and 6-15-404 (d); Board Rules 3.03 and 9.04; Department website  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003/public/act1467.pdf


http://arkedu.state.ar.us/rules/pdf/current_rules/ade%20188%20actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/rules/pdf/current_rules/ade%20185%20reported%20graduation%20dropout%20rates.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/nochild/ayp_improvement.html
 
Arkansas statutes provide a definition for “adequate yearly progress” and requires conformity with No Child Left Behind though rules established by the state board. The rules delegate authority to establish the method of determining AYP to the Department, which identifies graduation and attendance rates as indicators. 
Based on Separate Math and Reading Objectives Y Statute, State Board  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-433(b), 6-15-1901, as amended by S.B. 33(2003), also known as Act 35; Rules and Regulations Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and the Academic Distress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
AYP based on separate reading and math objectives. 
95% of Students in all Subgroups Assessed Y Statute, State Board  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-433(c)(7), as amended by S.B. 33(2003), also known as Act 35; Rules and Regulations Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program and the Academic Distress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
All students, including all students in identified subgroups, participate in assessment system. 
  Arkansas
Y/N/P- Authority Reference Link Comments
NCLB School Improvement
Timely Identification Y Statute, Department Program; State Board Minutes, State Board Rules/Regs  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-203; AR ADC 005 19 007 Accountability: List of Schools in Academic Distress; State Board Minutes 12/9/02; Arkansas Dept. of Education Rules and Regulations Identifying and Governing School Districts in Academic or Fiscal Distress   http://arkedu.state.ar.us/accountability/index.html

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/Dec%202002%20Regular%20Meeting.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/rr_fiscal_distress.pdf
 
Identifies and reports annually by May 1st on school improvement status for the following school year. 
Technical Assistance N Statute, state board and department  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-433; 6-15-1808; § 6-15-207; § 6-15 –209; §6-15-402; 6-15-404; 6-15-419; 6-15-421, 6-15-423, 6-15-42516-15-2001(e), as amended by S.B. 33(2003) also know as Act 35; “Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP)” and and “Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Process 2001-2002”  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/acsip.pdf
 
Arkansas requiries low-performing schools to develop and implement an extensive school improvement plan. Technical assistance, however, appears to be directed at low-performing districts rather than schools and is not required to be "scientifically research based" or rely on proven or evaluated practices. ECS could find no evidence that technical assistance must be provided to low-performing schools. 
Public School Choice Y Statute, Enacted Legislation, State Board Rules/Regulations   Ark. Stat. Ann. Sec. 6-18-206, S.B. 33 (2003 Session), ADE 157, ADE 162   http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/SB33.pdf
http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20157%20school%20choice%20rule.pdf
http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
Arkansas has enacted an intradistrict/mandatory public school choice law. Also, it has enacted an interdistrict/mandatory public school choice law. 
Rewards and Sanctions Y Statute, Enacted Legislation, State Board Rules/Regulations   Ark. Stat. Ann. Sec. 6-15-403, Sec. 6-15-404, Sec. 6-15-421, S.B. 33 (2003 Session), ADE 162  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/SB33.pdf
http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
Arkansas has enacted rewards and sanctions policies for individual schools. 
School Recognition Y Statute, Enacted Legislation, State Board Rules/Regulations   Ark. Stat. Ann. Sec. 6-15-403, Sec. 6-15-421, S.B. 33 (2003 Session), ADE 162  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/SB33.pdf
http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
Arkansas has enacted school recognition policies. 
School Restructuring Y Statute, State Board Rules/Regulations  Ark. Stat. Ann. Sec. 6-15-403, Sec. 6-15-421, ADE 162   http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
Arkansas has enacted school restructuring policies. 
Corrective Action for LEAs Y Statute, State Board Rules/Regulations  Ark. Stat. Ann. Sec. 6-15-403, ADE 162  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf
 
Arkansas has enacted corrective actions policies that apply to all LEAs. 
  Arkansas
Y/N/P- Authority Reference Link Comments
NCLB Safe Schools
Criteria for Unsafe Schools Y State board of education Rules/Regs  Board action 4/14/03  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/April%2003%20Regular%20Meeting.pdf

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf
 
Criteria has been adopted.  
Transfer Policy for Students in Unsafe Schools Y Statute  2003 HB 2697 Sec. 17 creates ACA Sec. 6-15-431  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf
 
Transfer policy has been adopted. 
Transfer Policy for Victims of Violent Crime Y Statute  2003 HB 2697 Sec. 17 creates ACA Sec. 6-15-431  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf
 
Transfer policy has been adopted. 
  Arkansas
Y/N/P- Authority Reference Link Comments
NCLB Supplemental Services
Criteria for Supplemental Services Y State department of education program  Request for proposal (RFP)  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/2ndsubsuppservfinal.pdf
 
Criteria included in RFP. 
List of Approved Supplemental Services Providers Y State department of education program  List of approved supplemental service providers   http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/SESP1.pdf
 
Arkansas maintains a list of approved supplemental service providers. 
Monitoring of Supplemental Services Providers Y Arkansas Department of Education Directive  Letter to superintendents  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/Superintendent%20Letter.htm  Local education agencies (LEA) are required to comply with NCLB regulatory guidance document for LEA responsibilities for parental notification and monitoring of services. 
Implementation of Supplemental Services Y Arkansas Department of Education Directive  Letter to superintendents  http://arkedu.state.ar.us/Superintendent%20Letter.htm  Local education agencies (LEA) are required to comply with NCLB regulatory guidance document for LEA responsibilities for parental notification and monitoring of services. 
  Arkansas
Y/N/P- Authority Reference Link Comments
NCLB Report Card
State Report Card P Statute, State board Rules/Regs.  H.B. 2697 (2003), Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-1402; 6-15-404(d); 6-15-1901, as amended by S.B. 33(2003), also known as Act 35; Ark. Reg. 005-19-014; Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assesment and Accountability Program and Academic Disgress Program  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2003s2/public/act35.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20162%20actaap.pdf

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/acts/2001/htm/act775.pdf

http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/act_1623%20part2.pdf
 
District improvement ratings and goals ratings to be included in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, respectively. S.B. 33(2003) requires development of reports that "conform with requirements" of NCLB. Reports are required to disaggregate by all subgroups except gender and migrant (although not yet evident in practice). No evidence that reports compare achievement to targets (by group), list percent tested (by group), or that reports contain information on overall quality of schools or districts. Reports do contain information on "percent completely certified for their assignments" to reflect teacher qualifications. 
  Arkansas
Y/N/P- Authority Reference Link Comments
NCLB Teacher Quality
Highly Qualified Teachers Definition Y Statute/Code  A.C.A. § 6-15-1004  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=blr:code  Arkansas code requires qualified teachers in every public school classroom. In line with NCLB, it requires subject matter competency and ongoing professional development and prohibits out-of-field teaching beginning in 2006. 
Subject Matter Competence P Statute/Code  A.C.A. § 6-15-1004  http://170.94.58.9/NXT/gateway.dll/ARCode/title04959.htm/subtitle05040.htm/chapter05284.htm/subchapter05353/section05357.htm?f=templates$fn=document-frame.htm$3.0#JD_6-15-1004  Arkansas teachers must “demonstrate competency in subject matter content on identified assessments appropriate to their teaching area in order to be granted an initial license to teach in the state.” Arkansas published a HOUSSE in its September 2003 Consolidated Plan; however, further evidence of the evaluation’s rigor in assessing subject competency is needed. 
Test for New Elementary Teachers Y Statute/Code  A.C.A. § 6-15-1004, 6-17-402   http://170.94.58.9/NXT/gateway.dll/ARCode/title04959.htm/subtitle05040.htm/chapter05284.htm/subchapter05353/section05357.htm?f=templates$fn=document-frame.htm$3.0#JD_6-15-1004
http://170.94.58.9/NXT/gateway.dll?f=id$id=ARCODE_OL.NFO%3Ar%3A289c$cid=ARCODE_OL.NFO$t=document-frame.htm$an=JD_6-17-402$3.0#JD_6-17-402 
Arkansas teachers must “demonstrate competency in subject matter content on identified assessments appropriate to their teaching area in order to be granted an initial license to teach in the state.” 
 
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