Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Curriculum and Instruction

Arkansas law recognizes that "students in Arkansas deserve the best education that the citizens can provide." This education must produce academically competent students who can demonstrate their competency in the core curriculum and who can apply their knowledge and skills.

Arkansas’ Learning Standards are defined in the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks, which are discipline-based and clearly describe what students must know and be able to do in each academic content area. The rigorous academic content standards and the student learning expectations within each document provide the focus for instruction for each local school district, without rigidly prescribing every element of the local curriculum.

Student demonstration of the standards and learning expectations within the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks is the anchor for the entire education system, with instructional programs, state-level assessments, professional development, school improvement planning, teacher/administrator licensure, and accountability sharing the common goal of improved student learning and performance around these standards.


For more information, please contact:

Stacy Smith
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Nathaniel Jernigan
Administrative Specialist
Cassandra Barnett
Library Media Specialist
Thomas Coy
State Math Lead for Assessment/Curriculum and Instruction
Lana Hallmark
Fine Arts Specialist
Maggie Herrick
Social Studies Specialist
Miguel Hernandez
English as a Second Language Specialist
Ernie Huff
Information Systems Coordinator
Anthony Owen
Math Specialist
Michele Snyder
Science Specialist
Sherri Thorne
English Language Arts Specialist
Muzical Waite
English Language Arts Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Curriculum and Instruction Unit
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-7442

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks, National Board Certification assistance and more.

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