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Transitional Literacy Courses

A.C.A. § 6-15-2012(b) states, “(b) a high school shall provide for each student who does not meet the college and career readiness standards under the assessment: (1) one or more transitional courses designed to help the student reach college and career readiness standards; and (2) related strategies to allow for accelerated skill and knowledge development consistent with the college and career readiness standards.” Arkansas schools may fulfill these requirements by offering ADE approved Transitional courses: one each for Math and Literacy.  Academic advisors should work with students and parents to determine if the transitional course being offered is appropriate. Prior academic classes, post-secondary intentions, scores, and other appropriate information, whether qualitative or quantitative, should be considered when determining appropriateness of a transitional course. Transitional courses are rigorous and are not to be confused with remediation.

Course Options for Transitional Literacy

Arkansas schools may fulfill the literacy requirements by offering one of the following literacy transitional courses:

Option 1: Transitional Literacy Ready (496030) - Career Focus Credit

 Transitional Literacy Ready does not fulfill the 12th grade English graduation requirement.
 
Transitional Literacy Ready focuses on the development of strategies for reading and fully understanding specific kinds of complex texts in all subjects. Students read texts to develop knowledge and formulate opinions in order to communicate in a variety of written formats. Transitional Literacy Ready prepares high school students to read and write about college-level texts in core subjects using two (2) history, two (2) English, and two (2) science modules/units.
 
The content of each discipline is at the forefront of the curriculum. Literacy skills specific to each discipline are emphasized in reading and writing assignments based on the subject area content. The Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) Literacy Ready Modules and requisite curriculum are available for download at https://www.sreb.org/literacy-ready.
 
Transitional Literacy Ready teachers must attend three (3) days of professional development and any follow up training for schools to offer this course.  
 
Teachers with the following licensure codes may teach Transitional Literacy Ready:
052, 150, 132, 133, 135, 136, 166, 167, 169, 170, 251, 268, or 269.

Option 2: Transitional Literacy (496040) - Career Focus Credit

Transitional Literacy does not fulfill the 12th grade English graduation requirement.
 
Transitional Literacy is a two-semester English language arts (ELA) course, designed to dramatically accelerate students’ literacy skills essential for college and career readiness. In Transitional Literacy, students receive instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, emphasizing literary and informational texts from diverse genres in print and digital formats. The texts selected for the course must be within the Grade 11-12 text complexity band and increase in complexity over time. The course closely examines unique characteristics of texts from each discipline and emphasizes the specific strategies needed to comprehend them. The course focuses on developing the requisite literacy skills for success in higher education and the workforce by incorporating texts from ELA, history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. These texts will also be used as models for student writing products, emphasizing both informative and argumentative types.  
 
The Transitional Literacy Curriculum Framework can be downloaded at http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Learning_Services/Curriculum%20and%20Instruction/Frameworks/Eng%20Lang%20Arts/2016_ELA/Transitional_Literacy_2016.pdf.
 
Teachers with the following licensure codes may teach Transitional Literacy (496040):
052, 166, or 403.

Option 3: Transitional English 12 (413010) - English Credit

Transitional English 12 fulfills the 12th grade English credit requirement for both Core and Smart Core.
 
Transitional English 12 is a two-semester ELA course, designed to dramatically accelerate students’ literacy skills essential for college and career readiness. The course is comprised of two Transitional Literacy Ready ELA units and additional district-developed units of study that together encompass the Arkansas English Language Arts Standards for Grade 12: 
Transitional English 12 includes the two English units from the SREB Transitional Literacy course: Unit 1 Informational Text (anchored by Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains) and Unit 2 Literary Text (anchored by Philip K. Dick’s Ubik). A third ELA unit uses Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the anchor text. Adding an additional unit will give teachers of the course some flexibility in selecting 2 ELA units. Teachers and schools can decide between the science fiction novel offered in Unit 2 or the drama offered in Unit 3. The Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) Literacy Ready Modules and requisite curriculum are available for download at https://www.sreb.org/literacy-ready.
SREB English units require, at least 12 weeks of instructional time. 
Teachers/districts will complement the SREB units with ELA curriculum that addresses the Arkansas English Language Arts Standards for Grade 12, specifically those standards not covered by the SREB units. 
Teachers/districts should choose curriculum that BOTH addresses the standards not covered in the SREB ELA units AND reinforces standards already taught in the units. 
In Transitional English 12, students receive instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, emphasizing literary and informational texts from diverse genres in print and digital formats. The texts selected for the course must be within the Grade 11-12 text complexity band and increase in complexity over time. The course closely examines unique characteristics of literary and informational texts and emphasizes the specific strategies needed to comprehend them. Transitional English 12 focuses on developing the requisite literacy skills for success in higher education and the workforce. These texts will also be used as models for student writing products, emphasizing both informational and argumentative types. 
 
Transitional English 12 teachers must attend three (3) days of professional development and any follow-up webinars for schools to offer this course.  
 
Teachers with the following licensure codes may teach Transitional English 12 (413010): 052, 166, or 403.
 
 The Arkansas English Language Arts Standards can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/curriculum-and-instruction/curriculum-framework-documents/english-language-arts.
 
 

For more information, please contact:

Sherri Thorne, English Language Arts Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-6285

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