Common Core in Arkansas:
Common Core Arkansas

Arkansas is far advanced in its implementation of the Common Core. The state legislature formally adopted the Common Core and the PARCC examinations, Arkansas’ education database meets all 10 requirements of the Data Quality Campaign, and the Arkansas State University System has committed to use PARCC assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level college courses.


Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation
Systems

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

The Arkansas Department of Education is encouraging teachers to use the Common Core Maps, detailed lesson and reading plans written by the authors of the Common Core.


New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments


New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)


Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data


Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Notices given to local school districts by parents are passed on to the Arkansas Department of Education. The names are then placed in a state database and used to notify homeschoolers of the date and locations of tests that homeschoolers must take. There is no opt-out option of this database for homeschoolers.



Common Core Legislation


HR 1007 and its companion bill, SR 4, would have delayed implementation of the Common Core, but both were terminated when the House committee adjourned sine die in March.

Status
Failed


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Arkansas

Senator Clark
Supports CC
501.262.3360
Email

Senator Flowers
Supports CC
870.535.1032
Email

Represenatative Hendren
Supports CC
479.787.6222
Email

Representative Key
Supports CC
870.425.5200
Email

Senator Elliot
Supports CC
501.603.9546
Email

Senator Holland
Supports CC
479.996.0977
Email

Representative Hobbs
Supports CC
479.636.3982
Email

Representative Armstrong
Supports CC
501.682.7771
Email

Senator Cheatham
Supports CC
870.364.5659
Email

Senator Ingram
Supports CC
870.735.9580
Email

Representative Carnine
Supports CC
479.636.2619
Email

Senator Rapert
Supports CC
501.336.0918
Email

Representative Lampkin
Supports CC
870.723.6449
Email


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Updated: 5/26/2014