Johnny Key

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Transitional Literacy Courses

Determining College and Career Readiness Score

 
Arkansas Code Annotated (A.C.A.) §6-15-2012 requires that before a student’s graduation from high school, a high school shall assess the student’s college and career readiness and shall provide a transitional course designed to help the student reach college and career readiness standards.
 
Arkansas schools may fulfill the requirement to determine the college and career readiness (CCR) of a student by offering any of the following assessments. Students scoring below the following benchmarks have not met the CCR determination:
  • 19 on the English section of the ACT
  • 15 on the English PLAN
  • 44 on the Grade 10 writing PSAT
  • 47 on the Grade 11 writing PSAT
  • 80 on the COMPASS Writing Skills Test
  • 45 on the ASSET Writing Skills Test
  • 450 on the writing SAT
  • TBD on the PARCC Grade 11 English Language Arts\Literacy Assessment
Pursuant to Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Policy 5.8 and 5.16
 
 

Recognized Transitional 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) [o]ne or more transitional courses designed to help the student reach college and career readiness standards; and (2) [r]elated strategies to allow for accelerated skill and knowledge development consistent with the college and career readiness standards.” 
 
Arkansas schools may fulfill the literacy requirements by offering one of the following literacy transitional courses. Academic advisors should work with students and parents to determine if the transitional course being offered is appropriate. Prior academic classes, scores, and post-secondary intentions should be considered when determining appropriateness of a transitional course. Transitional courses are rigorous and are not to be confused with remediation.
 

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

 
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 http://www.sreb.org/page/1683/literacy_ready.html
 
Transitional Literacy Ready teachers must attend three (3) days of professional development and two (2) follow up webinars for schools to offer this course. Commissioner’s Memo LS-15-047 provides dates and locations for the required professional development. 
 
Transitional Literacy Ready does not fulfill the 12th grade English graduation requirement.
 
 
 

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

 
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. 
 
Transitional Literacy does not fulfill the 12th grade English graduation requirement.
 
The Transitional Literacy Curriculum Framework can be downloaded at http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Learning_Services/Curriculum%20and%20Instruction/Frameworks/Eng%20Lang%20Arts/transitional_literacy_9_12.pdf.
 

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

 
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 the two Transitional Literacy Ready ELA units and additional district-developed units of study that together encompass the ELA Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Grade 12: 
  • Transitional English 12 includes the two English units from the SREB Transitional Literacy course: Unit 1 Information (anchored by Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains) and Unit 2 Literary (anchored by Philip K. Dick’s Ubik). The Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) Literacy Ready Modules and requisite curriculum are available for download at http://www.sreb.org/page/1683/literacy_ready.html
  • SREB English units require, at least, 12 weeks of instructional time, covering 24 of the 41 ELA Common Core State Standards.
  • Teachers/districts will complement the SREB units with ELA curriculum that addresses the CCSS English 12 standards, specifically those standards not covered by the SREB units. 
  • The SREB ELA units do NOT address the following CCSS:
    • RL.11-12.6, 7, 9 
    • RI.11-12.8, 9 
    • W.11-12.3, 6, 7 
    • SL.11-12.2, 5, 6 
    • L.11-12.1-6
  • 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.
Transitional English 12 fulfills the 12th grade English credit requirement for both Core and Smart Core.
 
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 texts from each discipline 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 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. 
 
Transitional English 12 teachers must attend three (3) days of professional development and two (2) follow-up webinars for schools to offer this course. Commissioner’s Memo LS-15-047 provides dates and locations for the required professional development. 
 
The ELA CCSS can be downloaded at http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/
 

For more information, please contact:

Maggie Herrick, Social Studies Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6584
 
or
 
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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