Arkansas Department of Education

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Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas Department of Education.svg
Agency overview
FormedReorganized 2019 (Founded 1931)
JurisdictionFlag of Arkansas.svg  Arkansas
HeadquartersFour Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Agency executives
  • Johnny Key, Secretary
  • Johnny Key, Commissioner, DESE
  • Angela Kremers, Director, DTCE
  • Maria Markham, Director, ADHE
Website https://ade.arkansas.gov/

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is a cabinet-level agency of the Arkansas state government overseeing public education for K-12, higher education institutions, and career and technical education.

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The ADE also contains the Arkansas State Library, the Arkansas School for the Deaf, Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

Division of Elementary & Secondary Education

The Division of Elementary & Secondary Education (often abbreviated DESE), headquartered in Little Rock, [1] is the state education agency of Arkansas for public schools. Founded in 1931, its responsibilities include accrediting schools, assisting Arkansas schools and their school districts in developing their curricula, approving the textbooks used in state public schools, licensing teachers, and providing continuing education programs. [2] The ADE consists of five divisions: Division of Academic Accountability, Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, Division of Human Resources, Division of Learning Services, and Division of Research and Technology. [2]

The department maintains the Arkansas Public School Computer Network for the purpose of providing internet access in public schools. [3] ADE also runs a distance learning program through its Distance Learning Center and partners with the Arkansas Educational Television Network on the Arkansas IDEAS portal, which offers professional development courses to improve academic and teaching knowledge and skills of its personnel. [4]

Augmented Benchmark Examinations

The Augmented Benchmark Examinations is a test required by the Arkansas Department of Education in support of NCLB. Starting with the 2007-08 school year, a criterion-referenced test mandated by the state was merged with the Stanford Achievement Test, Series 10 to form the Augmented Benchmark Examinations. It is administered in grades 3-8 in ELA and mathematics, additionally, grades 5 and 7 are tested in science. [5]

In support of the requirements for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and its requirement for schools to produce Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the ADE developed Augmented Benchmark Examinations and its associated Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program (ACTAAP), which has criterion-referenced test (CRT) and norm-referenced test (NRT) components including the Augmented Benchmark Examinations at grades 3 - 8 and The Iowa Tests at grades 1 - 2 and 9. [5]

Per the ADE website, the federal government approved the state’s differentiated accountability model, which is named Smart Accountability, in January 2009. The model divides schools into the following categories:

The 2010 adequate yearly progress calculations show that:

Smart Core curriculum

The Smart Core curriculum is the assumed course of study for all students.

2010-11 to 2012-13 standards

Beginning in the 2010–2011 school year, twenty-two (22) units are required for graduation. Of these 22 units, sixteen (16) will be specified units. Of these twenty-two (22) units the following are required:

Smart Core: Sixteen (16) units

Career Focus: Six (6) units Total: 22 units

2013-14 and beyond standards

Beginning in 2013-2014, all students in grades nine through twelve will follow these graduation requirements. Twenty-two (22) units will be required for graduation. Of these twenty-two (22) units, sixteen (16) will be specified units. Of these units, the following are required:

Smart Core: Sixteen (16) units

  • 4 units = English: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th
  • 4 units = Mathematics: (all students under Smart Core must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or 12 and complete Algebra II.)
  • one unit of Algebra I or Algebra A & B* which may be taken in grades 7-8 or 8-9
  • one unit of Geometry or Investigating Geometry or Geometry A & B* which may be taken in grades 8-9 or 9-10
  • A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four-unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as one unit each toward fulfilling the Smart Core requirement.
  • one unit of Algebra II
  • one unit of Choice of: Transitions to College Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, Computer Math, Algebra III, or an Advanced Placement math. (Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable)
  • 3 units = Natural Science: three (3) units with lab experience chosen from
  • Physical Science
  • Biology or Applied Biology/Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Physics or Principles of Technology I & II or PIC Physics
  • 3 units = Social Studies:
  • 1 unit = World History
  • 1 unit = U.S. History
  • 1/2 unit = Civics
  • 1/2 unit = Oral Communications
  • 1/2 unit = Physical Education: only one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.
  • 1/2 unit = Health and Safety
  • 1/2 unit = Economics – dependent upon the certification of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.
  • 1/2 unit = Fine Arts
  • 6 units = Career Focus

Total: 22 units

Division of Technical & Career Education

Arkansas Division of Higher Education

The Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE) is the staff of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The division promotes the importance of higher education, administers scholarship programs, assists colleges and universities to ensure a coordinated higher education system is available in Arkansas.

Formerly a separate state government department, the ADHE was merged into the expanded ADE as part of the 2019 Arkansas state government transformation.

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References

  1. "Contact Us". Arkansas Department of Education. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. January 13, 2010. Archived from the original on November 2, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  3. "APSCN". Arkansas Public School Computer Network. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  4. "Arkansas IDEAS: About IDEAS". ADE/AETN. Archived from the original on February 3, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  5. 1 2 "Augmetned Benchmark Assessment and the Iowa Tests". Arkansas Department of Education. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.