Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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English Language Learners

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) English Language Learner (ELL) support program is the result of collaboration between the Curriculum and Instruction Unit and the Student Assessment Unit of the Division of Learning Services. This program provides many resources and services to assist schools in their efforts to support ELLs in the development of the skills needed to communicate effectively in English both in and out of school.
ADE will work with schools and educational cooperatives to:
  • provide assistance through the Teacher Center Coordinators for professional development of teachers and administrators in the implementation of effective English as a Second Language (ESL) program design and delivery
  • assist, upon request, with ACSIP program planning for ELLs
  • coordinate ESL professional development training
  • convene regional meetings of ESL personnel to discuss strategies and share resources used to instruct ELLs under the Common Core State Standards  and implement and assess the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted English Language Proficiencies
  • provide on-site technical assistance addressing ESL techniques and strategies

ESL Curriculum and Instruction

Please visit the Curriculum and Instruction Unit's Main Page to view the latest ADE information on Curriculum and Instruction in Arkansas.

English Language Proficiencies

ADE English Language Proficiencies (Revised 2014) 
On March 20, 2014, the Arkansas State Board of Education approved the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Arkansas English Language Learners in Grades K - 12.

Refrigerator Curriculum

The Refrigerator Curriculum for grades K-8 contains grade-specific concepts and skills that parents can use to prepare their children and support instruction in the classroom. The grade-level lists are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks. The Refrigerator Curriculum is a sample and does not include everything that will be taught throughout the school year.

Please click on one of the links below to view your child’s grade-level learning expectations:

Smart Core / Core

Smart Core is the college- and career-ready set of courses that is the default curriculum for all Arkansas public high school students. Completion of Smart Core with a 2.5 grade point average is also one of the qualifications listed for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Because of this additional significance for completing Smart Core — and because we know how important it is to graduate all students ready to succeed in college and career — the Arkansas Department of Education has created new, separate Smart Core consent and waiver forms. They are available via the links on this right side of this page. Schools should use these forms to help explain to students and parents the importance of completing the Smart Core curriculum and also to provide appropriate information regarding potential negative consequences of waiving a student’s participation in Smart Core. (Pursuant to the ADE Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts; section 9.03.1 et seq.)

More information on Smart Core/Core including Spanish versions of the Smart Core Informed Consent FormSmart Core Course Code List, and Smart Core Waiver Form may be downloaded by visiting the Curriculum and Instruction unit's Smart Core/Core Page.

ESL Student Assessment

Please visit the Assessment Unit's Main Page to view the latest information on student assessment in Arkansas.

The English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) tests English Language Learners (ELL) or Limited English Proficient (LEP) students to determine their level of proficiency in the English Language. More information on the ELDA, including ancillary materials, can be viewed by visiting the English Language Development Assessment Page.


Effective Date: September 1, 2014
Revised Date: January 21, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Alan Lytle, English Language Learner Assessment Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4468
Miguel Hernandez, English as a Second Language‎ Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6620

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.

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